The Baltimore Ravens have selected their 2014 class of Ravens Scholars. For the fifth-consecutive year, five outstanding area high school seniors who displayed remarkable academic achievement, extra-curricular participation and community service will be awarded a $5,000 renewable scholarship ($20,000 over four years to each scholar) to support their respective college educations.
Funded by the Ravens Foundation, Inc., the scholarship program enables local youth to continue their education on a collegiate level. The team has a long-standing history of service to local communities, and this fund supports those who exhibit the same commitment. Applications were accepted from students who attend public schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Carroll County, areas where the Ravens operate training facilities, maintain offices and hold youth football camps.
The Ravens organization once again continued its partnership with CollegeBound Foundation, an independent, nonprofit program designed to work exclusively with local students, helping high schoolers achieve a post-secondary education. After receiving over 125 applications, the scholarship committee selected 10 finalists to be interviewed at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills. Ravens assistant director of pro personnel Chad Alexander and assistant director of public relations Patrick Gleason joined members of CollegeBound to conduct the interviews.
Below is the 2014 class of students who will receive scholarships:
2014 Ravens Scholars
Larry Davis, Western School of Technology – In the fall of 2014, Davis will attend the University of Maryland, where he plans to focus his studies on environmental engineering. Currently the president of the STEM Association in Baltimore County, Davis has been an avid leader at his school in multiple areas related to environmental science. His expertise in this field was showcased during his junior year science expo when he built his own solar panel that generated energy. Additionally, Davis has a true passion for martial arts, in particular as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and volunteers hours of his time teaching new students its fundamental principles.
Leshaia Davis-Johnson, Western High School – Davis-Johnson will attend Towson University in the fall of 2014. With goals of entering the medical field, she spent several summers working at Johns Hopkins University through the Medical Education Resource Initiative for Teens (MERIT) Scholarship Program. In the summer of 2013, Davis-Johnson completed an internship in the Child and Adolescents Psychiatry Department studying different behavioral psychiatric conditions, including ADHD and ADD. After the completion of the internship, she was asked to present her research to community physicians and local faculty members. In addition to hundreds of volunteer hours, Davis-Johnson is also a three sport athlete in basketball, softball and volleyball. She also serves as secretary for her graduating class and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Hebo Dramour, Heritage High School – Dramour will attend Virginia Wesleyan in the fall of 2014. Born in the French-speaking, West African country of Guinea, she originally moved to Baltimore at the age of 11. Through her sheer determination and will, Dramour learned the English language in two years and began to make a positive impact on her community. She tutors fellow students during lunch and after school, volunteers at the school farm to ensure it continues to grow fresh food, and she serves meals to homeless men and women at Our Daily Bread. Dramour currently serves as president of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association and Heritage High School Book Club. When she’s not acting as a leader in the classroom, Dramour also serves as captain of the volleyball team and battalion commander of the JROTC.
Aliyah Hickman, Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School – Hickman will attend Morgan State University in the fall of 2014. With aspirations to become a patent attorney, Hickman plans to pursue a dual-degree program in electrical engineering and computer science. Despite growing up in extremely difficult surroundings, Hickman was determined to not let her environment affect her potential. She became an outreach volunteer for her neighborhood and now donates her time mentoring younger students and participating in community beautification projects. A Maryland scholar-athlete who has played volleyball all four years of high school, Hickman is also a member of the National Honor Society and class treasurer.
Jasmine Kaur, Winters Mill High School – Kaur will attend Towson University in the fall of 2014 after maintaining honor roll status as a standout student throughout her high school career. However, Kaur’s success isn’t limited to the classroom. She also currently serves as president of the Student Government Association and is a member of the National Honor Society. Additionally, she volunteers her time assisting at the Carroll Hospital Center, conducting food drives at her local church and tutoring students at Cranberry Station Elementary (Westminster, Md.).