WATAC Scholarship

WATAC Scholarship

2019-20 WATAC Scholarship Recipients

Top (left to right): Vanetta Brownlow, Enleyona Weir, Middle (left to right): Jamie Bozeman, Brittnie-Lee Duffus, President Walters, Natalie Hampton, Bottom (left to right): Tyra Franklin, Lillian Scott

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.[WATACScholarshipApplication05222018.pdf]

WATAC Scholarship Contact:

Dr. Patricia Cole, pacolephd.associates@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
  • Academic Year 2019-2020 – Jamie Bozeman, Vanetta Brownlow, Brittnie-Lee Duffus, Tyra Franklin, Natalie Hampton, Lillian Scott, Enleyona Weir

Outstanding Highlights of the 2019-2020 WATAC Scholars

Jamie Bozeman
Hometown: Terry, Mississippi
Classification: Sophomore
Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry
Awards: Presidential Scholar (Hinds Community College and Tougaloo College), Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Organization Affiliations: NAACP, Pre-Alumni Council, Pre-Health Club, Jackson Heart Study, Student Government Association
GPA: 4.0

Vanetta Brownlow
Hometown: Lexington, Mississippi
Classification: Junior
Major: Elementary Education
Awards: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Provost List
Organization Affiliations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Pre-Alumni Council, Student Government Association, Tougaloo Ambassadors for Meritorious Scholars (TAMS), NAACP, Tougaloo Womanhood
Overall GPA: 4.0

Brittnie-lee Duffus
Hometown: Portland, Jamaica
Classification: Junior
Major: Biology
Awards: Presidential Scholar, President’s Honor Roll, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Organization Affiliations: Toastmasters International, Pre-Alumni Council, Tougaloo Ambassadors and Meritorious Scholars, International Students Association, Tougaloo College Campus Civitan
Overall GPA: 4.0

Tyra Franklin
Hometown: Shaw, Mississippi
Classification: Junior
Major: Psychology
Organization Affiliations: Hardy Academy of Career Exploration (HACE) Mentor, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Tech Savvy Conference Student Volunteer, AAUW (President), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP: Committee for Women in NAACP), Psychology Club (Secretary), Art and Civil Right Initiative Museum Intern, American Psychological Association Public Interest 2019 Summer Intern
Awards/ Achievements: First Place Natural Disasters and Coastal Studies Research Symposium Poster Competitor, United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Koch Scholar, AEI/UNCF/ St. John’s College Inaugural Summer Leadership Seminar, US Department of Energy STEM Scholar, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, WATAC Scholar
Overall GPA: 3.95

Natalie Hampton
Hometown: Clinton, Mississippi
Classification: Freshman
Major: Biology (Pre-Med)
Awards: Clinton High School Honors Graduate, CHS Who’s Who- Most Involved, Mississippi TECH MASTER Scholar, Servant Leader Scholarship Recipient, Clinton Chamber Youth Leadership Scholarship Recipient (South Pointe Business Park), Clinton Branch of the NAACP Scholarship Recipient, Jackson Metropolitan Retired Education Personnel Association Scholarship Recipient, Miss Freshman (Tougaloo College)
Organization Affiliations: Clinton Branch of the NAACP, Tougaloo College NAACP, Pre-Alumni Council
Overall GPA: 3.6

Lillian Scott
Hometown: Shaw, Mississippi
Classification: Junior
Major(s): Sociology/ English
Awards: Shaw High School Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Tougaloo College Presidential I Scholarship Awardee, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society (vice president), WATAC Scholar, Academic Division of Humanities Award- Spanish
Organization Affiliations: American Association of University Women (secretary), Spanish Club (secretary), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Faculty Assistant Mentors (FAME)
Overall GPA: 3.96

Enleyona Weir
Hometown: Portland, Jamaica
Classification: Junior
Major: Chemistry/ Mathematics
Organization Afflictions: International Student Association, Tougaloo Campus Civitan, Tougaloo College Pre- Alumni Council, American Chemistry Society, Tougaloo College Toastmaster Chapter, Tougaloo Ambassador and Meritorious Scholar, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, NAACP, NOBCChE member.
Awards: Presidential Scholar I, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Awardee, Outstanding Poster Awardee, HBCU STEMprenuer Challenge Awardee, Titchfield High School Top CAPE Student 2016, Participant of the MAS Summer Student Research Symposium, St. Elmo Brady Scholar, WATAC scholar.
Overall GPA: 4.0