Connie Joyce Davis Scholarship Recipients

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Akylah Cox

Akylah Cox_CJD_2017$2000 Scholarship Recipient

Akylah Cox attends Dr. Phillips High School. She has a 4.85 GPA and is ranked 35 out of 842 students. She holds leadership positions in the Student Government Association and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society.  She has also participated in the Bank of America Student Leader Program and attended Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ Leadership Conference. Akylah has supported her community through volunteering with the Orange County Regional History Center, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and she is an ambassador for Brown Girls Do Ballet.  Akylah plans to attend Duke University to Major in Environmental Engineering with a minor in dance studies.





SheppardAlexis Sheppard

$2000 Scholarship Recipient

Alexis Sheppard is a graduate of Boone High School.  Alexis applied to and was accepted by 8 colleges, and decided to matriculate at Alabama State University.  At Alabama State, Alexis will pursue a major in Biology & minor in Business Administration.  Alexis plans to become a pediatrician and own her own pediatric practice in the future.




Lauren Sherry

$1000 Scholarship Recipient

Lauren Sherry is a graduate of Timber Creek High School, and will attend Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Lauen will pursue a major in Secondary Education with a minor in Global Business/Communication

Taylor DeSaussure

$500 Scholarship Recipient

Taylor DeSaussure is a graduate of Apopka High School, and will attend University of Central Florida. At UCF, Taylor will pursue a major in Business Economics, with a minor in Journalism.

EllisonKayla Ellison

$500 Scholarship Recipient

Kayla Ellison is a graduate of Timber Creek High School and will  attend Florida State University. Kayla will pursue a major in Retail Merchandising/Product Development and hopes to  have a career at the corporate level of a major department store managing budgets, employees, & clients.






cjd12_birchShelby Birch

With a 4.4 Grade Point Average (GPA), Shelby takes pride in her spoken word poetry, has held over seven (7) leadership positions, and she currently serves as President of the UCF (University of Central Florida) McKnight National Achievers Society. Amongst these achievements, Shelby has still managed to be involved in several community service activities, such as Orlando Second Harvest Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Orlando Heart Walk and many more. Shelby aspires to use her creative talents to create youth poetry outreach programs for communities in need.

On the vision of her future, Shelby shared, “Although I plan on living in New York, I will make it my personal duty to reach into the surrounding communities. With my acquired skills in appealing to the public eye, I could coordinate events to raise money for struggling areas and bring awareness to the necessities they may lack. Also, with my acquired corporate savvy-ness, I could open the doors to bigger and better sponsorships for communities that are in dire need of outreach programs for their youth, strengthening the community’s safety, resources and/or accessibility. Beyond my professional goals, I aspire to continue my journey in spoken word poetry, which will hopefully be the emergence of my own youth poetry outreach programs or aiding in existing organizations. Not only would I grow in writing, but I will help others. I know that I am destined for great things, and receiving this scholarship would definitely put me one step closer to tackling my talents.”

Shelby will be “tackling her talents” at the University of Central Florida in the Fall, and was acknowledged at our 12th Annual Robin Lynn Young Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament held at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club. Showing great promise and initiative, we are very pleased to name Ms. Shelby Birch as our 2012 Connie Joyce Davis Scholarship Recipient. Congratulations Shelby and we wish you continued success in your academic and professional pursuits!



Janiccia Felder

Janiccia is an honor student at Edgewater High School with a GPA of 3.76. She is also the President of the Key Club, member of the National Honor Society and the Student Government. She also holds the title of treasurer for the Student Body.

Janiccia is currently enrolled in the Dual Enrollment college program at Valencia Community College. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Central Florida to major in Criminology and minor in Sports Medicine.

The scholarship was awarded at our 11th Annual Robin Lynn Young Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament held at the Falcon Fire Golf Club.




Ashley Brooke Thompson

Maitland, FL – Nu Iota Omega Chapter awarded Ashley Brooke Thompson, honor student of Ocoee High School, the Connie Joyce Davis High School Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Soror Connie Joyce Davis was an active member of Nu Iota Omega, and became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on September 15, 2008.

The criteria for this esteemed award included an essay detailing the student’s reasons why she should be given this award, community service involvement, future plans and the student must have a 3.0 or better G.P.A. and is in the top 25% of her graduating class.

The scholarship luncheon, where this award was presented, was held at the University of Central Florida, and was hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Metro Orlando. The keynote speaker was Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell. Local citizens as well as several members of the Devine Nine Greek organizations attended this function including sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. from various neighboring chapters.

Sorors who represented the Nu Iota Omega chapter are, from left to right: Cheryl Smith, Talera Thompson (Ivy Leaf Reporter and mother of the scholarship recipient), Tamiko Aikens (Anti-Basileus), Denise Dickenson (Basileus), Karen Anderson and Ebony Mosley. Miss Ashley B. Thompson is featured in the center.



Kieara Gaskin and Whitney Bristol

April 26, 2009. On Sunday, the Metro Orlando National Pan-Hellenic Council presented its 2nd Annual Scholarship Luncheon entitled “Overcoming Obstacles and Making a Change”. Nu Iota Omega’s President (Denise Dickenson) and Vice-President (Tamiko Aiken) presented its 2009 Scholarship recipients with a Certificate and instructions on how to claim the $1,000 scholarship winnings once enrolled in a college or university. The winners were Kieara Gaskin (Ocoee High) and Whitney Bristol (Jones High). The event began at 12:30 pm and concluded with a presentation to all participating Chapters.