AMANETTE JEAN SESSOM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
As the Director of Student Support Services and the Ronald McNair Scholars programs at Hampton University, I have secured nearly $10 million in program and research funds for low-income, first-generation students and underrepresented minorities. As the Founder and Chief Academic Officer of MIKAEL DAVIS CONSULTING, I have helped hundreds of students secure nearly $9 million in merit and need-based aid for college and graduate and professional school. But I first got the idea that I could pursue a career in academia because Amanette Jean Sessom, my maternal grandmother who has consistently been the single greatest influence in my life, nicknamed me her “little professor” over forty years ago when I would not stop asking the million questions that drove my older siblings, aunts, and uncles crazy. Momma had a way of believing in you until you believed in yourself.
Amanette Jean Sessom was my backbone, my source of strength, and the wind beneath my wings. In addition to showering her progeny with unconditional love and unwavering support, my grandmother’s legacy encompassed the countless children for whom she provided safe passage to school every day. In that tradition, I now direct multi-million dollar college access programs that have increased college persistence and graduation rates among low-income and first-generation students at Hampton University. And beginning in the Fall of 2020, an Education or Counseling major at both Hampton University and the College of William & Mary will each receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship in her honor. Click below to apply. Applications are due by August 28, 2020 and awards will be announced at the Optimizing Student Achievement Banquet on September 27, 2020.