Congratulations to 7th grade student, Amaiyah F. Walker of Sandy Run K-8 School in Swansea, South Carolina for receiving one of the 2017 Dr. Martin D. Jenkins Scholar Awards from the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC).
The award is named in honor of Dr. Jenkins, Father of Research on Gifted Blacks, and it is designed to honor the achievements of highly gifted Black students who excel academically in school. Since its inception in 2014, the Jenkins Scholar Induction and Awards Program has been co-sponsored by the NAGC Special Populations Network and the NAGC Gifted Racial Accountability and Commitment to Equity (GRACE) Special Interest Group.
On November 11, 2017, at the NAGC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Amaiyah and the other highly gifted inductees from around the United States will receive a $300 scholarship and will be inducted into the Jenkins Scholar Society. After her first year in the program, Amaiyah will be invited to participate in the Jenkins Scholar Alumni Network through the National Association of Gifted Students.
Prior to receiving this award, Amaiyah was one of the 2016 recipients of the Melba McKenzie and LeAnn Crosby Scholarship from the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education (SCCGE). As a result of the scholarship, she had the opportunity to participate in Clemson University’s Project WISE (Woman In Science and Engineering) Summer Camp.