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Detroit Students Enroll as Campbell Scholars

“Many of the Campbell Scholars are already engaged and making contributions to the campus community.” — Denelle Brown

Ten Detroit-area students are enrolled as Campbell Scholars at Alma College as part of the McGregor Partners in Education Program.

The program, funded by a grant from the McGregor Fund, creates a first-year student community of Detroit students at Alma College. Activities focus on helping the scholars succeed in college, build positive relationships with faculty and other students, and develop the skills to be successful after graduation.

Students enrolled in the program are designated “Campbell Scholars” in honor of Alma College graduate and trustee David Campbell, the longtime president of the McGregor Fund.

“The core of the Campbell Scholars Program is academic success, and that principal focus is nestled in a personalized collegiate experience,” says Denelle Brown, director of diversity and inclusion at Alma College. “The inaugural class of Campbell Scholars will be challenged and equally supported as they embark on their journey of personal growth and intellectual development. Many of the Campbell Scholars are already engaged and making contributions to the campus community.”

Alma College Campbell Scholars

Rendrall Banford has academic interests in art and design and mathematics. He was an honors student at Detroit Edison Public School Academy, where he participated in robotics, the Art Club and student leadership. He is the son of Shirely Banford of Detroit.

Demetri Christian has an academic interest in pre-law. He was an honors student at Detroit Edison Public School Academy, where he participated in band and received a superior rating at the solo ensemble competition. He is the son of Timika Franklin and Demetri Christian II.

Tommie Dawson has an academic interest in pre-medicine. He was an honors student at Redford Union High School, where he was a two-year varsity letter winner in athletics and earned athlete and Army Scholar awards. He is the son of Debra Dawson of Detroit.

James Gaddy Jr. has academic interests in digital media arts and music. He is a graduate of Detroit Edison Public School Academy, where he participated in band and robotics. He is the son of James R. Gaddy of Detroit and Marie Jackson of Southfield.

Simone Jones has an academic interest in science. She was an honors student at Detroit Edison Public School Academy, where she participated in journalism, the Homework Club and Solid Foundation and received the Tartant Award. She is the daughter of Tiffani Fyfe and Stephen Jones of Detroit.

Simerra Jones has academic interests in pre-veterinary medicine and music. She was an honors student at Detroit Edison Public School Academy, where she participated in the marching band, Green Team, Art Club and Solid Foundation. She is the daughter of Tiffani Fyfe and Stephen Jones.

Dewey Mitchell IV has an academic interest in business administration. He is a graduate of Robichaud High School, where he participated in football, baseball and the theatre program, was a recipient of a leadership award, and served as homecoming king. He is the son of Niketa Stevenson of Detroit and Dewey Mitchell III of Westland.

DeAndre Neal is a graduate of Detroit Edison Public School Academy, where he participated in football and the yearbook. He is the son of Lawonda Neal of Detroit.

Kai Pitts has an academic interest in mechanical engineering. She is a graduate of Detroit Edison Public School Academy, where she was involved in the Student Council, band, volleyball, dance, robotics, Ecotek and the Green Team. She is the daughter of Jannie Pitts of Roseville.

Tavyon Richardson is a graduate of Detroit Edison Public School Academy, where he was involved in robotics, Art Club and recording. He is the son of Teulaina Richardson of Detroit.

Story published on September 19, 2014