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Civil Rights Scholarship Profiles

Wednesday, October 15, 2008  
Posted by: The Advocate
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Mason Civil Rights Scholarships are awarded to entering students who have demonstrated characteristics such as contribution and service to the community; overcoming adversity or obstacles; public service career goals; a broad range of life experience; or an outstanding undergraduate and/or graduate academic record.

Jay Athey is a recipient of the Joel Franklin and Martha Minis Scholarship. A graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, where he majored in Communications with a concentration in Political Science and Pre-Law, Jay is fulfilling his community service requirement through the Disaster Accountability Project (DAP), by researching and assessing the District of Columbia’s disaster relief plans. He has volunteered in soup kitchens, AIDS and Breast Cancer awareness campaigns, church-sponsored events, and mentored and tutored youth. His most rewarding community service activity was with St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), where he tutored, mentored, entertained, befriended, and coached countless underprivileged and abused young men. Jay is interested in exploring International Business and Tort law upon graduation.

Shannon de la Cotera Hill is the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship. An honors graduate of Johnson State College in Vermont, where he majored in Art and Political Science, Shannon was also an Ellsworth Scholar, member of Green Solutions, TRIO Politics tutor, member of Chesamore Honor Society, and a resident artist. Shannon now resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Christina, a D.C. public school teacher, and their two children – whose birth inspired him to pursue a law degree. He currently works at the Mason Law Library and is a member of the Latino Law Students Association. Shannon is honored to be at UDC-DCSL is looking forward to working with the forces of good in the areas of human rights, equal rights, immigration, and the environment.

Quintá Jackson is a recipient of the Julius Hobson Scholarship. Quintá is a graduate of Southeastern University, where she earned her B.S. in Financial Management. She also studied Jazz History at Howard University, and hosted a weekly jazz radio show on WPFW, Pacifica Radio. Quintá earned a Master’s degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University and recently completed the requirements for an MBA in Accounting from Southeastern University. She has worked as an accountant for the past 10 years in various capacities, including Controller and Operations Manager, and has taught undergraduate classes in Jazz History, Music History and Accounting. Attending law school has been a life long aspiration for Quintá. She is interested in Tax Law and Entertainment Law. After law school, she plans to sit for the CPA exam and earn an LLM in Taxation. She also hopes to clerk for a judge in the U.S. Tax Court and eventually work for the IRS.

Esther McKitty is a recipient of the Julius Hobson Scholarship. An honors graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) at Mona, in Kingston, Jamaica, Esther majored in International Relations. She is actively involved with Capital Wesleyan Inner City Outreach, a church based organization through which she works with children and their families and offers counseling, tutoring, information on financial assistance programs, food, clothing and opportunities within the District of Columbia and beyond. In Jamaica, she was active in summer camps and outreach ministries – including serving for five years as a missionary in Belize, Central America – with Wesleyan Children’s Mission, a branch of the Wesleyan church. Esther currently volunteers at the Office of Administrative Hearings, where she works with Judge Yahner and prepares unemployment benefit cases that are on appeal to the D.C. Court of Appeals. Her future plans include specializing in Immigration Law, where she can help people with limited resources gain access to quality representation, and working with children to help them realize their goals.

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