2022 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
KINGDOM CITIZENS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT, INC.
Iheoma continually served her community throughout high school by volunteering at social events at the Parks and Recreation center, soup kitchens, and at her local middle school. After graduation, she will start her college career at Johns Hopkins University in August 2022, majoring in molecular and cellular biology. Taking a microbiology course at her community college has shown her the extraordinary field of biology where she can work with different bacteria and study how their cells function, which convinced her to become a scientific researcher. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she plans to enter graduate school and earn a master’s degree to work at NIH. She plans to give back to KCYE, Inc. by participating in their annual Youth Summit and sharing advice and tips on succeeding in high school and preparing for college applications. By sharing her own experiences and knowledge, she hopes to help other underrepresented scholars get into their top-choice schools.
Laniyah is a graduating senior at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School and will attend St. Mary's College of Maryland in the Fall majoring in theatre and history with a minor in early childhood education and Asian Studies. She is very involved in community service and extracurricular activities within her church and school. She holds the position of Sergeant-at-Arms and Community Service Lead for the National Honor Society and Captain of the banners for the Wise High School marching band. Laniyah's ultimate dream is to star on Broadway as well as teach English in South Korea to elementary school students.
Makenzie Hooks Harris
Makenzie is a graduating senior from Charles Herbert Flowers High School in the Science and Technology Program as an engineering track student. She is devoted to being a part of various extracurricular clubs and organizations. She is president of her senior class, captain of her high school Pom and Dance Team, in National Honor Society, Peer Forward Club, Lift Community Service Club, Principal Action Committee, youth ministry at Judah Temple, and a company dancer at Dance Expressions. She was able to complete many hours of community service. She used service opportunities to inspire others to go after anything their hearts desire with great determination and drive to always keep pushing forward. She will be attending North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as a Management (Business Administration) Major. Her career aspirations are to make one of her dreams come true in managing, organizing, and creating a performing arts recreational center where youth can come, learn, and host many different forms of the arts. She would like to also organize this place so that many different generations can come, perform, and host different events for the community. Makenzie wants to continue to radiate her energy to a multitude of targeted audiences who will help create a better future for everyone.
Toni will be attending Towson University in the fall. She plans to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in science. After finishing undergraduate school, she desires to study medicine in order to become a psychiatrist. During the COVID pandemic she witnessed the impact of mental illness through social media, the news, and personal relationships. Some of her volunteer experience has been with the Divine Dance Institute, Carroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Jewels Women’s Ministries. In the future she plans to give back to KCYE by aligning her life with the mission to love and honor God, self and others. She can do this by being a vessel of empathy, compassion, showing the love of Christ, and by offering her service to KCYE and other organizations that desire to make an impact and change in our communities and the world.