WATAC Scholarship

WATAC Scholarship

2018-19 WATAC Scholarship Recipients

Standing, Left to Right: Dedrick Barkley, Sr., Lillian Scott, Soph., Enleyona Weir, Soph., Jazmine, Baylor. Jr.
Seated, Left to Right: Tyra Franklin, Soph., President Hogan, Jamiee Mitchell, Sr.

The WATAC Scholarship

The Washington DC Area Tougaloo Alumni Chapter (WATAC) Scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to deserving Tougaloo College students who preferably hold residency in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. Also, the WATAC Scholarship Team is promoting efforts to aid in the recruitment of Community College Transfers and encouraging them to apply.


  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full time student, 12 credit hours or more, in the fall of the academic year. High school seniors and Community College transfer students must provide proof of acceptance.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a high school graduate, Community College Transfer student, or  currently enrolled at Tougaloo;
  2. Must have a 2.75 GPA or above;
  3. Submit an essay (250 word essay addressing the value of a college education, career objective, demonstrate involvement in community activities, and how their education will be benefited by receiving the WATAC Scholarship;
  4. Furnish one letter of recommendation (teacher, guidance counselor, clergy, employer, etc);
  5. Submit a copy of an official high school transcript, Community College transcript or Tougaloo College transcript;
  6. Submit completed application before May 31 for the Academic year;
  7. Submit an unofficial Fall Semester transcript  to verify required 2.75 GPA and enrollment status for distribution of the WATAC Scholarship Award during the Spring Semester.

Only completed applications will be accepted for review (Applications must include items 3 – 8);

Scholarship History

The WATAC Scholarship Proposal was written and submitted as a draft to the WATAC membership during its January 12, 2002 meeting. Prior to the Scholarship Proposal, WATAC made and continues to make monetary contributions to Tougaloo annually.  The Scholarship Proposal with its activities and implementation time frames were approved with minor edits. At the outset there were no allocated funds for the WATAC Scholarship. Due to the limited initial budget, the first WATAC Scholarships were two $500 Book Scholarships. They were awarded to Cecil Jenkins and Chavonn Hughes during the Spring 2005 academic semester. A motion was passed to begin implementing the four $1,000 scholarships as defined in the original proposal during the 2005-2006 Academic Year. Each year the goal was to have incremental award increases per fund raising efforts.

In 2008, WATAC made a $600 contribution to the Summer 2008 Tougaloo Art Colony. The Art Colony Scholarship Award covered the registration, tuition, lodging and food for the mentoring and development of a budding student artist. In 2011, the number of WATAC scholarships increased from 4 to 6 with one being designated for an eligible Community College transfer student.
In 2018, a unanimous decision was made to increase the number of scholarships from 6 to 7 effective during academic year 2019-2020. Community College transfers and International Students are encouraged to apply.

Since the inception of the WATAC Scholars Program, WATAC has directly selected and awarded 70 WATAC Scholars. Additionally over the years, WATAC has contributed over $550,000 to the Tougaloo College General Scholarship Fund.

How to Apply

Download, Complete and Submit the WATAC Scholarship Application.[WATACScholarshipApplication_rev05272019.pdf]

WATAC Scholarship Contact:

Dr. Patricia Cole, watac1869@gmail.com

Previous Recipients

  • Academic Year 2004 – 2005, Chavonn Hughes and Cecil Jenkins
  • Academic Year 2005 – 2006, Shane Gomes and Whitney McDowell
  • Academic Year 2006 – 2007, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Jacqueline Cole-Turner, Jasper Hall, Latonya Harness and Porchia Matthews
  • Academic Year 2007 – 2008, Brian Hughes and  Keisha Sanders
  • Academic Year 2008 – 2009, Corionna Branch, Earnest Ducksworth, Joshua Marks, Charity Thompson,  Tougaloo College Art Colony
  • Academic Year 2009 – 2010, Cierra Draine, Keith French, Brittney Robinson and Hadassah Willett
  • Academic Year 2010 – 2011, Sharone Bolden, Jessica Jenkins, Arrion Light and Sydnie Purchas
  • Academic Year 2011 – 2012, Xiomara Bell, Felicia Cooper, Nneamaka C. Ezekwe, Arrion P. Light, Michael Q. Taylor, Jr., Jasmine Thompson
  • Academic Year 2012 – 2013, Melissa Lynn Burton, Nneamaka C. Ezekwe, Victoria Porter, Detrice Roberts, Charden Virgil and Robin D. Williams
  • Academic Year 2013 – 2014,  Kisa Harris, Victoria Porter, Detrice Roberts, Sylvia Robinson, Ansley Scott and Charden Virgil
  • Academic Year 2014 – 2015, Kisa Harris, Shandell Lewis, Markiea Malone, Charden Virgil, Diva Whalen, and Maurice Whalen,
  • Academic Year 2015 – 2016, Timera Brown, Acacia Cooper, Breland Crump, Quanisha Ford, Charmaine Kelly and Courtney Mangum
  • Academic Year 2016 – 2017, Olexis Haymon, Abednego Nii Odom Commey, Maurice Whalen, Jamease Williams, Charmaine Kelly
  • Academic Year 2017 – 2018, Jasmine Baylor, Jamease Williams, Abednego Commey, Joshua Cotton, Mallary Green, Tyra Farnklin
  • Academic Year 2018 – 2019, Dedrick Barkley, Jamiee Mitchell, Tyra Franklin, Enleyona Weir, Lillian Scott, Jazmine Baylor

Outstanding Highlights of the 2018-2019 WATAC Scholars


Dedrick Barkley

  • Hometown: Ellenwood, Georgia
  • Classification: Senior
  • Major: Mathematics/ Economics
  • Awards: Deans List, Provost List, Honor Society Sigma Xi, Tom Joyner Scholar, Mr.Tougaloo College
  • Organization Affiliations: F.A.M.E, Ronald McNair Scholar, Walton UNCF K-12 Fellowship, Residential Assistant, Baseball Team
  • Overall G.P.A: 3.6

Jaimee’ Mitchell

  • Hometown: Clarksdale, MS
  • Classification: Senior
  • Major: History
  • Awards: Presidential Scholar; Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and College
  • Organization Affiliations: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mississippi Historical Society, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Association of University Women, and Tougaloo College Pre-Alumni Council
  • Overall GPA: 3.8

Tyra Franklin

  • Classification: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Shaw, Mississippi
  • Major: Psychology
  • Affiliations: American Association University of Women (Vice President) and Pre- Alumni Council
  • Awards: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, WATAC Scholar, US Department of Energy Scholar, Provost Scholar, and The Piney Woods School Class of 2017 Valedictorian
  • Overall GPA: 4.0

Enleyona Weir

  • Hometown: Portland, Jamaica
  • Classification: Sophomore
  • Major: Chemistry
  • Organization Afflictions: Tougaloo Ambassador and Meritorious Scholar, NAACP
  • Awards: Presidential Scholar, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Titchfield High School Top CAPE Student 2016, Participant of the MAS Summer Student Research Symposium
  • Overall GPA: 4.0

Lillian Scott

  • Hometown: Shaw, MS
  • Classification: Sophomore
  • Major(s): Sociology/English
  • Awards: Shaw High School Valedictorian, Presidential I Scholar, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, STAR Student, Delta Honor Graduate
  • Organization Affiliations: American Association for University of Women (secretary) Spanish Club (secretary)v
  • Overall GPA: 4.0v

Jazmine Baylor

  • Hometown: McComb, MS
  • Classification: Junior
  • Major: Biology
  • Awards: McComb High School Class of 2016 Valedictorian, Tougaloo College Presidential Scholar II Awardee, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Theta Kappa, The Leadership Alliance Student Researcher, Tougaloo College Provost Scholar, United States Department of Energy S.T.E.M. Scholar, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine Early Opportunity Program in Medicine Admittee, University at Buffalo Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences Undergraduate Professional Program Research Scholar
  • Organization Affiliations: Jackson Heart Study, Student Activities Council, NAACP, Pre-Health Club, Tougaloo Ambassadors and Meritorious Scholars, Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Campaign, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine Summer Journal Club
  • Overall GPA: 3.6