Black History Museum reaches milestone with scholarship fund

Play Saturday, the effort to preserve black history and Tampa Bay will include investing in its future through students like Jeremiah Daniels, IV, a Boca Ciega graduate high schooler who embraces math like a close friend.

What do you want to know

  • The Carter G. Woodson African American Museum has named 40 Woodson Warriors since 2019
  • Each student named Warrior receives a scholarship of $5,000 per year for four years.
  • In total, the scholarship program distributed $500,000 to students

“I like simplicity,” he said. “I know it can get complicated, but at the end of the day it’s just numbers and finding a solution. “

His love of math helped him earn a 4.63 GPA, become the first black male to be a Salvationator at his school, and one of 11 students this year to be nominated. Woodson Warriors. The title comes with a $5,000 scholarship each year for the next four years at the university, courtesy of the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

“Being able to get a scholarship not only of this amount but over four years makes a big difference,” Jeremiah said, “(I will use it for) books, tuition, room and board and a meal plan.”

He doesn’t need arithmetic to know that it will help him a lot while he gets a degree in Computer Engineering from Florida State University.

Thanks to generous donations, in its fourth year of awarding scholarships, the museum met its goal of funding 40 Woodson Warriors. The top class of Warriors are expected to graduate from college next year — with the exception of Lauryn Latimer, of course.

On Friday, she walked across the stage and flipped her tassel during graduation ceremonies at USF to earn her Bachelor of Science and Communication Disorders degree a year early.

Lauryn said she did this by taking dual-enrollment classes while still in high school.

“Which means I was taking college classes while I was still in high school,” she said, “which by the time I actually started college I had a year in advance after taking a summer course or two.”

Now she will be able to use this $5,000 fourth-year scholarship for her freshman year to earn her Masters in Science and Communication Disorders.

It is the story of black people in the making, and a legacy that Lauryn hopes all present and future Woodson Warriors will follow.

She gave them this advice:

“Don’t listen to anyone if they tell you you can’t do something because as long as you believe you can do it, then eventually you are able to do it.”

Since 2019, the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum has awarded $500,000 in scholarships to students.

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