Meet Some of FOSSI’s 2023 Class

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 In 2023, The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) celebrates its new class of 132 scholarship recipients, who are from 26 states and will be attending 26 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) this fall.

See the video below for an inside look into how FOSSI is changing the lives of these amazing scholars.

Meet more of FOSSI’s 2023 class


Nyla Baxter: 2023 FOSSI Scholar Attending North Carolina A&T State University

Nyla is from Stone Mountain, GA, and graduated as Magnet Valedictorian from Arabia Mountain High School. In the fall, she will be attending North Carolina A&T State University with plans to major in chemical engineering. In high school, she served as the SGA President, National Honor Society President, Technology Student Association Treasurer, and Miss Arabia Mountain High School. She’s passionate about pursuing a STEM degree becasue it will enable her to have a positive impact on society and help people solve problems using science and technology. She ultimately hopes to have her own organization dedicated to teaching children in her community about pursuing a career in STEM fields.

Read more about Nyla.


Jadon Edwards: 2023 FOSSI Scholar Attending Claflin University

Jadon is from Green Pond, SC, and graduated from Colleton County High School. In the fall, he will be attending Claflin University as a computer science major. In high school, Jadon discovered his passion for technology and its potential to transform the world. Since he was a child, he dreamed of being able to use technology to help struggling communities across the country; and he’s thankful that FOSSI is helping him turn his dreams into reality. By combining his love for computer science with his desire to help others, he aims to bridge the digital divide and empower underserved communities.

Read more about Jadon.


Samiya Miller: 2023 FOSSI Scholar Attending North Carolina A&T State University

Samiya is from Toms River, NJ, and graduated from Toms River High School East. In the fall, she will be attending North Carolina A&T and majoring in chemical engineering. During her time at Toms River, Samiya was a competitive cheerleader, maintained above a 4.0 GPA, and developed a love for math, science, and exploration. Her dream is to conduct and pioneer research in the chemical field, and she's thankful that FOSSI's financial and academic support will help transform her dreams into goals.

Read more about Samiya.


Jordan Sexton: 2023 FOSSI Scholar Attending Howard University

Jordan is from McKinney, TX, and graduated from McKinney High School. In the fall, he will be attending Howard University as a chemical engineering major. In high school, he enjoyed taking STEM courses, and various AP courses. He also served as president of his school’s French club, and worked on his school’s award-winning, student-led television show, MHS1. At Howard, he will be participating in the Karsh STEM Scholars Program, preparing him for obtaining his M.D./Ph.D. Ultimately, he desires to change the world through STEM and specialize in research combining both technology and medical innovation.

Read more about Jordan.

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