MEMPHIS — Eighteen students from Shelby County are taking advantage of a unique opportunity offered by Christian Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis. CBU’s Lasallian College provides special benefits and services exclusively to Shelby County graduates who plan to major in any one of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or math).
Dr. Johnell A. Goins, director of the Lasallian College, has high hopes for the Lasallian College scholars. “I am really happy that these students chose to come to CBU and join the Lasallian College,” she says. “While it's our mission to help them succeed in STEM, it is a joy to help them develop as holistic students.”
Lasallian College scholars benefit from supplemental instruction, mentoring, individual growth and development plans, book stipends, housing awards, and advising. The program is math-intensive to provide extra preparation for the STEM curricula.
Carrisa Pitt, a new Lasallian College scholar, says that the program helps direct her to where she wants to be in life. “I am surrounded by so many people, not only in the program but also in the university itself who want me to be successful and will do everything in their power to help me. It is truly a blessing to be a part of it,” she explains. A graduate of Ridgeway High School, Carissa majors in biology and plans to become a veterinarian.
The Lasallian College is named in honor of St. John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers. The program is underwritten by the Plough Foundation.
This year’s Lasallian College scholars include:
Safa Alcherif (Cordova High School), Biomedical Ccience major, goal - neurosurgeon
Brianna Chalmers (Whitehaven High School), Chemistry major, goal - pharmacist
Agustin Fernandez (Memphis Business Academy), Civil Engineering major, goal – real estate and property development
Dewon Guy (Memphis Academy of Health Sciences) Computer Science major, goal – video game designer
Samquisha McClenton (Memphis Business Academy), Chemistry major, goal - pharmacist
Carissa Plitt (Ridgeway High School), Biology major, goal – veterinarian
Alandace Robinson (Whitehaven High School), Biomedical Science major, goal - veterinarian
Joshua Spencer (Whitehaven High School), Computer Science major, goal - video game designer
Justin Walker (Germantown High School), Biology major, goal - radiologist
Pauline Wilson (Cordova High School), Biology major, goal – physical therapist
Aaliyah Burkes (Power Center Academy), Biology major, goal - anesthesiologist
Kaiya Colbert (Whitehaven High School), Natural Science major, goal - pharmacist
Marvin Crosby Jr. (Germantown High School), Computer Science major, goal – video game designer
Amy Guerrero (Cordova High School), Biomedical Science major, goal - surgeon
Darian Gunn (Kirby High School), Computer Science major, goal – video game designer
Krystena Matson (Bolton High School), Business major, goal - entrepreneur
Sydney Ritter (Bolton High School), Biology major, goal – digital art
Na'Kayla Woods (Germantown High School), Biomedical Science major, goal – pharmacist