We're thrilled to announce Self-Help's 2022 Scholarship winners! Each year, branches across the country award a $1,000 scholarship to a local student who not only demonstrates strong academics but also shows a commitment to community service and volunteerism. Scholarship recipients aspire to use the talents and skills they cultivate in college to make their communities and the world a better place.
Check out this year's winners, listed by branch location:
Jax Metro, Kendall branch – London Horne
London has been accepted at Florida State College of Jacksonville. His academic goal is to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing to specifically work in pediatrics. He has an extensive background in community service, including volunteering with Literacy Alliance and Habitat for Humanity.
Lenox – Joel Daniels
Joel will attend Florida State College at Jacksonville as a mechanical engineering major. He is active in serving his community's youth, elderly, and homeless populations, and hopes to become a mechanic or engineer after he graduates college.
JEA Tower – Obiajuru Nwadiokwu
Obiajuru attends Edward Waters University as a biology major and serves as a volunteer with a range of community health care efforts. After completing his studies, he plans to work in the field of molecular medicine.
Jax Metro, River City Branch – Jasmine Jones
Jasmine plans to attend the University of Miami. She aspires to be a software developer and acquire a Business Technology degree.
Apopka – Isabella Whedbee
Isabella plans to major in advertising and communications and in the future own an advertising agency that will assist nonprofits in fundraising. Isabella is deeply committed to helping her community using the skills and training she will gain in her studies.
Deland – William Seth Jones
William plans to attend North Carolina Wesleyan College in the combined bachelor’s/ master’s program while continuing to work at Discount Tire as a sales associate and technician. He aims to become a manager and eventually run and own a franchise himself.
Asheville, South French Broad Avenue – Nicole Allen
Nicole will attend Western Carolina University in the fall and aspires to be a nurse practitioner. She hopes to one day educate people in her community on preventative health.
Brevard – Abram Justice
Abram will attend UNC Pembroke as an education major. He is active in volunteering and youth-focused community service. He plans to become a teacher and educator, working with youth for many years to come.
Charlotte, Providence Road – Bryan de Luna-Peralta
Bryan will be attending UNC Charlotte as a Computer Science and Mathematics Major. He is active in his community and his long-term goal is to work in the fields of AI and robotics.
Durham, Mangum St. – Kiara Graves
Kiara is a Durham native who will attend UNC Greensboro as a political science major. She is active in the service of her church and community. After she completes her bachelor's degree, Kiara plans to continue her studies by attending law school to become a criminal defense or real estate attorney.
Greensboro – Aidan Brooks
Aidan will attend High Point University, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences. While in college, he plans to work as a Nurse Aide in a local hospital or other healthcare setting. He is currently earning a CNA certification, and his long-term goals include a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies and practicing in a pediatric hospital setting.
Hendersonville – Raegan Jackson
Raegan will attend Isothermal Community College as a Business major. A natural leader, Reagan aims to use her degree to achieve her dream of opening her own clothing boutique.
Kinston – Ruben Trejo
Ruben will attend NC State University as an environmental engineering major. He is a volunteer soccer coach through his local parks and recreation department and is active in volunteer work with migrant farmworkers. His primary long-term goal is to improve wastewater systems and expand their use in developing countries.
Laurinburg – Bethany Matthews
Bethany will attend UNC Chapel Hill as a biology major and takes pride in giving back to her community and helping the less fortunate. After completing her studies, Taylor hopes to become a physician.
Maiden – Taylor McGovern
Taylor will attend Appalachian State University as a psychology major. She enjoys volunteer work with at-risk youth, and for her photography, she received the Principal's Award for a project that currently hangs in the lobby of Maiden High School.
Lexington – Emilyrose Sheffield
Emilyrose will attend Appalachian State University as a psychology major. She hopes to someday work in research to study and cure neurodegenerative diseases.
Morganton – Juana Lopez Geronimo
Juana will attend Regent University as a pre-law major. She volunteers to feed the homeless in her community. Juana hopes to become a lawyer and help her family.
Old Fort – Montana McPeter
Montana will attend Appalachian State University as an early education major. Her long-term career goals are to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education, and hopes to give back to her community by educating children and giving them a safe space to prosper in.
Raleigh – Jordan Hart
Jordan will attend NC Central University as an education major and is active in community service. She intends to become a teacher to continue to give back to her community.
Rocky Mount – Arianna Arrington
Arianna is attending Wake Technical Community College and is committed to community service. She volunteers and helps care for her younger sibling while maintaining exceptional academic performance. She hopes to go on to complete her bachelor's degree and become certified in sonography.
Rosman – Jessica Chappell
Jessica will attend NC State University, majoring in animal science, pre-vet track. Jessica is involved in a variety of community service activities, and her long-term career goal is to become a veterinarian and specialize in small animal surgery.
South Asheville – Tyler Leik
Tyler will be transferring to the University of Georgia as a double major in marketing and communications. An exceptional student, Tyler aims to work within the field of communications and use her skills to shed light on important issues.
Wilmington – Teagan Lauffenburger
Teagan will attend Appalachian State University as a nursing major in the fall and is currently earning her Nurse's Aide certification. Teagan's long-term goals include completing her bachelor's and eventually master's degree in nursing and working as a travel nurse, specializing in women's care, labor, and delivery.
Wilson – Myles King
Myles plans to major in education after he graduates high school and hopes to use his education and professional experiences to make meaningful contributions to public education. He aims to begin his career as a middle school history teacher, then as a school counselor, and ultimately, as a school administrator.
Windsor – Zamarreyah Robinson
Zamarreyah plans to attend North Carolina A&T University as a Management (Business Administration) major. Zamarreyah will be graduating high school at the top of her class and plans to become a travel nurse in the future.
Federal Building/Assembly St. – Caroline Coleman
Caroline will attend Clemson University as an elementary education major. After achieving her bachelor's degree in elementary education, she plans to pursue a master's degree in educational leadership.
Galax – Abbie Black
Abbie will attend East Tennessee State University as an early elementary education major. After she completes her degree, she hopes to return home to serve her community as an educator.
Greenville, SC, Mills Avenue – Isaac Beres
Isaac Beres will attend Clemson University as a Computer Science major. He has been active in mentoring and volunteering in his community, and his goal is to work in the computer science industry and help build global scale apps for functional bionic limbs.
Greenville, SC, Garlington Road – Angela Hawkins
Angela will attend Southern Wesleyan University as a human services major. Angela is an active volunteer with her church, and works as a peer support specialist. Her long-term career goal is to become a licensed counselor and help others struggling with addiction to find freedom.
Greenville, SC, Woodruff Rd. – Alyssa Dutka
Alyssa will attend the Savannah College of Art and Design as a visual art major and is a committed volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She hopes to use her passion for art to build a career where she can share artistic expression with others and bring them together.
Greenville, SC, Aviation – Kavan Bojappa
Kavan will attend the University of South Carolina as a mechanical engineering major and is active in a variety of community service programs. Kavan plans to earn a master's and PhD in mechanical engineering. He would like to work in engineering and eventually teach.
Durham, 123 West Main St. – Cedra Goodrum
Cedra will be attending NC Central University as a psychology major and has participated in volunteer work in her community and abroad. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she hopes to earn a master's degree and become a Counseling Psychologist to help people in her community with their mental health.
Tallahassee – Sheldon Sims
Sheldon is currently attending Tallahassee Fire Academy to become a firefighter in the Tallahassee-Leon County area. He aspires to become a fire chief and give back to the community through public service.
Winter Park – Bethlehem Solomon Beyene
Bethlehem is currently attending the University of Florida, and her main goal is to be a Marketing Manager for a non-profit organization. Motivated by her parents' experiences with water scarcity in Ethiopia, she hopes to use social media to contribute to humanitarian work.
Bush River – Caleb Fields
Caleb will attend Piedmont University as an electrical engineering major. He is an active volunteer and is passionate about community service. Caleb aims to work in the electrical engineering field after he completes his studies.