LaCreanna Young was born and raised in Rockford, IlI, where at a young age she developed a dedication to learning and achieving a high grade point average. During her teenaged years, she participated in various tutoring programs, maintained a part time job as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and helped take care of her younger siblings. LaCreanna’s hard work and perseverance led to her Magna Cum Laude graduation from Auburn High School. Currently, Ms. Young is a junior in the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University, where she is majoring in Television Production and pursing a minor in Business Administration. She has remained on Howard’s Dean’s List for four consecutive semesters, and serves as an after school tutor with the Heads Up Corporation of Washington, D.C. Her honors include the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the National Dean’s List. LaCreanna plans to use her education to impact the media by reducing its negative perceptions of African-Americans. She deems it very important to serve as a positive role model for both her peers and the younger generation.
2008 Recipient of the NLSL
Nikki E. Owens is currently a junior at Bowie State University, where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing. A native of Severn, MD, Nikki graduated from Old Mill Senior High School in Millersville, where she focused on business classes and actively participated in Future Business Leaders of America activities. Currently, Nikki serves as an officer in Bowie State’s Globalization Club. The goal of this organization is to expose the Bowie Sate community to global financial systems and their impact on the United States economy. Nikki, has an outgoing personality, loves to travel, meet new people, and explore her passion for the arts. She enjoys singing, writing, and dramatic plays. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Nikki plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Administration, while simultaneously working in the marketing department of the American Heart/American Stroke Associations in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Owens’ long-term goal is to work for a Fortune 500 marketing or public relations firm in New York or California.
Nikki E. Owens
2008 Recipient of the Milton Pericles Darden III Memorial Scholarship
Kanisha R. Cunningham was born in Killeen, Texas, raised in Clinton, Maryland, and currently resides in Temple Hills with her mother and two siblings. As a graduate of Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Kanisha worked hard to maintain her honor student status throughout her high school career. Currently, Kanisha is a second year student at Bowie State University (BSU) in Bowie, Maryland and a first generation college student in her family. At BSU, Kanisha has maintained a 3.40 GPA and has participated in several BSU enrichment and community service projects. After years spent admiring the talents of Carole Simpson, former anchor of ABC World News Tonight and J.C Hayward, News at Noon anchor at WUSA9-TV in Washington, Kanisha was inspired to pursue a degree in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. Her career goals include on-camera reporting as a news anchor, interacting with people around the world, and one day owning a radio or television station. In addition to being a dedicated student, Kanisha is also an active participant in the Little Rock Baptist Church in Clinton, MD, where she has served as an usher, member of the youth choir and dance ministry. Her biggest goal is to be a positive role model to her two younger sisters and to make a difference in the community.
Keira M. Phipps was born in Arlington, Texas on March 13, 1992 and currently resides with her parents and siblings in Kilgore, TX. Upon graduation from Kennedale High, Keira entered Kilgore College, where she earned significant academic credits in pursuit of her degree in Broadcast Journalism and simultaneously applied her interest in mass communications to working as an editor and staff writer for the College’s newspaper, “The Flare.” Keira’s ambition and determination was further exemplified through her athletic prowess as a point guard in the Woman’s Basketball program. Unfortunately, in 2011 Keira suffered a severe knee injury during an exhibition scrimmage that knocked her out of a starting position for the Lady Rangers. However, she pressed through a rigorous rehabilitation program to return to the game and earn an “All Conference Honorable Mention” award the next season. “Being professional and producing my best work has become the trademark for my endeavors in and outside the classroom,” Keira declared in her scholarship application essay. She has also applied her life’s lessons to serving as a mentor with the Dream Weaver Foundation, which allowed her to help enrich the lives of others as well as her own. Keira transferred to Bowie State University in 2013 in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and continue her love of sports as a valued member of the BSU Lady Bulldogs basketball team. Keira aspires to obtain a Master’s degree and a future in Sports broadcasting, ideally securing a dream job with ESPN.
Keira M. Phipps
2013 Recipient of the NLSL
Kanisha R. Cunningham
2010 Recipient of the NLSL