Two Southwest DeKalb seniors nab FAMU scholarships
10/4/2013, 6:01 a.m.
Southwest DeKalb High Magnet seniors Aria Gabriel and Olayemi O. Oladapo landed $90,000 in scholarships from Florida A&M University during a Sept. 27 recruitment event in Atlanta.
Olayemi received FAMU’s Distinguished Scholar Award for $71,176, and Aria got a $20,000 George W. Gore Scholarship.
Olayemi and Aria were among 36 metro Atlanta students awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. They were the only DeKalb County students recognized on the school’s President’s Tour.
During the recruitment fair at the Hyatt Regency-Atlanta, students met with recruiters from various colleges, schools and departments and received one-on-one assistance.
There were performances by the theatrical company, FAMU Connection, and appearances by the FAMU Royal Court, presidential ambassadors and university administrators.
FAMU interim President Larry Robinson told the potential students that FAMU is like a second home where students have the opportunity to grow inside and outside the classroom.
“We expect you to succeed,” he said. “You are our No. 1 concern. We are here for you.”
Florida A&M University is making a comeback among metro Atlanta students after its image was tarnished by the November 2011 hazing death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion. The Southwest DeKalb alumnus died after he was severely beaten on a FAMU charter bus during the 2011 Florida Classic weekend in Orlando.
In the wake of the incident, the band was suspended for more than a year and student enrollment dropped by 1,000, causing financial losses of $13 million.
A dozen students who played in the band with Champion are facing criminal charges and up to 15 years in prison in his death.