Meet Our UNCF Scholars
Jordan D. Galloway, a sophomore from Los Angeles, California, decided to attend Shaw for its rich history and status as an HBCU. While at Shaw, Jordan has excelled, earning a 3.8 grade point average, serving as the chaplain for the Honors College and
working as the executive business manager for the Student Government Association. A chemistry major, Jordan has already earned four scholarships, including the UNCF Estate of John W. Thomas Endowment scholarship.
Earning the UNCF scholarship, in particular, has helped Jordan this semester. It allowed him to get school supplies and the funds necessary to perform class. He also said receiving the scholarship “encouraged me to do better, knowing someone was investing in my education.”
Not only does Jordan feel that he made the right choice in choosing to attend Shaw, but he also feels a sense of overwhelming gratitude for the financial support he received from Shaw’s UNCF donors. “I would like to say thank you,” said Jordan when asked what he would tell his scholarship donors. “I am truly indebted to all of the donors and plan to do my part when it is my turn to give back.”
Jordan says he owes his success to his mother and everything he does is for his twin brother back home in California. Following graduation, Jordan plans to attend graduate school and believes he will continue to be successful by living his life with these wise words:
- Give it to God.
- Weather good or bad, it’s all temporary.
Cynthia Jackson is one busy woman. Besides being a student in Shaw’s Raleigh CAPE program, she is also a wife, mom, director of her church’s “Children’s Church,” the PTA Vice President at her children’s school and volunteer with her church’s C.O.P.E program, which helps the community by giving away free clothing, food and household items.
Even with a full schedule, the business administration/management major is on track to complete her degree next year and is grateful to receive financial support from UNCF to help her do so. “Receiving the UNCF scholarship has helped ease what could have been a financial burden for me and my husband,” said Cynthia. “After receiving this scholarship, we have been able to maintain the household budget and not worry about out-of-pocket tuition.”
Cynthia originally enrolled in Shaw in 1997, but due to a variety of circumstances was unable to finish. With the help and support of her husband, family and friends, Cynthia made the decision to return to Shaw and complete her degree. “My overall experience at Shaw has been a joy,” she said. “From the first year I enrolled until my recent return, I think what has made the experience interesting is my encounters with students and with the faculty and staff.”
While at Shaw, Cynthia has again kept busy. She is a member of the Shaw University Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success Honor Society; Sigma Alpha Pi; and is currently Miss Raleigh CAPE 2014-15.
A self-proclaimed helper, Cynthia plans to open a wedding and event planning business and create a non-profit for teen girls and women following graduation. She acknowledges that without God, family and friends, she would not have accomplished this much. “I would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to my husband Kingsley, my children (Nvonni, Kingsley, Jr., Isaiah, and Faith), my pastor Apostle Dr. Freida Henderson and Mrs. Davis,” said Cynthia. “My church family, my professors, and Shaw University as a whole…they have all supported and encouraged me during this time of completing my degree and I am grateful for the support!”