Twenty Black Students Named 2008 Ron Brown Scholars

Twenty black high school seniors were recently awarded Ron Brown Scholarships. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service work, and financial need. The selected students receive $40,000 for college. About half of the recipients of these awards enroll at Ivy League institutions. In the 10-year history of the program, the college graduation rate of Ron Brown scholars has been 100 percent.

The program, administered by the CAP Charitable Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia, honors Ronald H. Brown, the first African American to serve as secretary of commerce. Brown, a graduate of Middlebury College and St. John’s University Law School, was killed in a 1996 plane crash.

Here are the 20 high school seniors selected as 2008 Ron Brown Scholars:

Derrick Asiedu
Nanuet, New York

Desiree C. Montgomery
Lakeland, Florida

Jocelyn T. Bell
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Diana A. Ofusu
San Antonio, Texas
Peter A. Boyce II
Bronx, New York
Bradley D. Pough
Deltona, Florida
Dora I. Duru
Lynwood, California
Amanda M. Reid
Flagstaff, Arizona
Raymond D. Grissom
Austell, Georgia
William K. Stone
Jersey City, New Jersey
Kani M. Keita
Miami, Florida
William A. Tarpeh
Alexandria, Virginia
Osha Kondori
Washington, Virginia
Christopher J. Taylor
Blythewood, South Carolina
Christopher M. Lyle
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Kiah C.M. Thorn
Fort Worth, Texas
Daren W. Miller
St. Petersburg, Florida
Ryan O. Williams French
Riverside, California
Ethan G. Monreal-Jackson
Frisco, Texas
Briana L. Wong
Kent, Washington