Maya Sullivan, ESHS '17, a freshman Animal Science student at Tuskegee University, is the recipient of the 2nd Annual Windsor D. Ferguson Memorial STEM Award.
At Tuskegee, Maya is an honor student, a Tuskegee University Scholar, and recipient of the Gold Award Scholarship awarded by Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital. She's interned at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), Adams Morgan Animal Hospital, and the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Maya volunteers at Tuskegee's Small Animal Hospital for special events and is a member of Tuskegee's LET US Academy, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), Pre-Vet Club, and Pre-Alumni Club. Every summer since elementary school, Maya has participated in summer enrichment opportunities throughout the US to learn more about the care of animals. This summer, she plans to continue that trend with an internship at Adams Morgan Veterinary Hospital in Washington, DC and she will participate in the VA-MD Veterinary Medical School VetTRAC Program at Virginia Tech.
"Maya's summer experiences since elementary school, her academic success, and her leadership skills give us confidence that she will reach her career goal of becoming a veterinarian. Her daily mantra of 'courage, character, and confidence,' along with her desires to make the world a better place, is reflective of dad's character. We are proud of Maya's dedication and commitment and we wish her continued success in her studies," said Cheryl F. Jones, daughter of Bishop Windsor D. Ferguson, Sr.
The Windsor D. Ferguson Memorial STEM Awards at Tuskegee University will be presented on Sunday, April 8th, during the Tuskegee University President's Essay Contest and Scholarship Awards Program. The Windsor D. Ferguson Memorial Awards was established by Bishop Windsor Ferguson's children in his honor and memory at their HBCU alma mater universities. Bishop Ferguson was a devoted husband, father, and minister. He served as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Choir President, Trustee Board Member, General Secretary Treasurer, National Executive Board Member, Bishop's Counsel, and Pastor of the National Church of God for 12 years, until his death, at age 69, in October, 2006. Due to family obligations and lacking finances, he was unable to attend college. However, he encouraged his children to pursue their educational goals to exceed his limitations. Establishing these awards starts a tradition, enabling his legacy to live on.