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NBDC Scholarship Recipients


Desmond Smith, Washington, DC


My name is Desmond Parish Smith and I am in my senior year at Chelsea School in Hyattsville, Maryland.  I live in Washington, DC with my mom, sister, and Nyoshi, who is an active Pomsky.  I am very shy at times but I try my best to be outgoing.  I love taking Nyoshi out for walks with my sister because me and my sister talk all the time.  I like to hang out with my friends and talk about video games and social media.  I really enjoy reading books about history and science.  One of my favorite subjects is science because it is very fascinating to me and the experiments are really fun to do.  Since elementary school I have always wanted to be an engineer. It started from playing video games and watching war movies when I became interested in how machinery is used in military work.  I joined Robotics, coding, and computer classes after school to understand more about the different aspects of engineering.  All my exploring was worth it since now I have the opportunity to attend college and pursue my dreams to become an engineer.  Although I am still not sure what field in engineering I really want to do, I am excited to learn about them all to make my decision.


Amber Davis, Englewood, CA


My name is Amber Davis, and I’m 18 years old. I am currently a senior at Redondo Union high school, and I consider myself a well rounded person. I’m a dancer, I play tennis, I do makeup for special occasions and I enjoy cosplay, which is taking a fictional character and dressing up like them. I’m very good at making costumes which is why I’m interested in fashion design and will be my focus while attending college. My plans for the future include becoming a fashion designer, and ultimately opening my own fashion business or studio and perhaps work for a large creative company like Disney or Universal Studios. Dancing is also a huge passion of mine, as I have choreographed a few shows in my dance class and for the school talent show. Another accomplishment of mine is earning a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. All in all, I am making the best out of life that I can even with the challenges I face on a daily basis. In my mind, I cannot be stopped. Carpe Diem!

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Edmund McCollum, Lansing, MI


My name is Edmund McCollum, and I am 18 years old and a senior at Waverly High School.
I describe myself as a funny, nice, and caring person, maybe a little weird and somewhat quiet.  I enjoy playing video games, basketball and hanging out with my and family and long walks.
I am so excited for what is in store for my future.  I cannot wait to see me do big things in life and find ways to impact others.  I look forward to what is in store for my future, and I cannot wait to do big things in life and find ways to impact others. Growing up I always loved video games and YouTube.

My plans are to become a video game designer and learn how to edit videos so that I can also be a Youtuber. I am excited for the opportunity of this scholarship and I cannot wait for my goals to be completed and to become successful. 


Monet McCain, Brunswick, GA


"I'm Monet and this is my service dog in training, Bambi! We'll be attending Arizona State University in fall of 2021!


I'll be getting my bachelor's degree and then going to graduate school to become a Wildlife Veterinarian. I want to establish a mentorship program for low income communities and mentor kids who want to be a veterinarian and would like a mentor to get their foot in the door. Thank you to the donors of NBDC for making this possible for me and all of the recipients."


Applications are accepted from November 1st through March 15th for Black disabled high school students who will graduate in the spring of the application year.

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