Inaugural cohort of SUBR Presidential Fellows selected

Ten students were selected for the inaugural cohort of the Southern University Presidential Scholars. The cohort was announced at the Southern University System Board of Supervisors meeting held on the Baton Rouge campus on Friday, July 16.

Named for the presidents of Southern University, the Presidential Fellows program will provide mentorship, and professional and leadership development opportunities to eight students (two freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors and two seniors) throughout an academic year. Development will be focused on academics, civic engagement, communication, leadership and public service. Additionally, students will receive a $2,000 stipend ($1,000 per semester). At the culmination of the program, participating students will have an enhanced university experience that will further prepare them to compete and succeed in an ever-changing global marketplace. This program is sponsored in part by Verizon.


The inaugural cohort includes:

Charles Barjon

Senior, History/Philosophy

3.6 GPA


Joli Gill

Senior, English/Political Science                               

3.3 GPA                      


Shonna Smith

Senior, Agricultural Sciences
3.8 GPA


Kevin Taylor-Jarrell, II                                               

Finance/ Computer Science GPA
3.3 GPA


Aaliyah Strickland     

Junior, Nursing

3.5 GPA


Gabrielle Stevens                  

Junior, Nursing

3.1 GPA



Amaiya Ewell

Sophomore, Political Science

3.6 GPA


Maya Jones

Sophomore, Criminal Justice
3.8 GPA                      


Jeremiah Hollins

Freshman, Agricultural Economics               

3.8 GPA


Armani Reed                                                  

Freshman, Speech Pathology/Audiology

3.6 GPA


Click here for the announcement video.




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