Meet our 2013 Class of RCM Scholars!

September is back-to-school month for RCM’s 11 returning and 8 new scholars! This spring, we received a dozen very strong applications from Milwaukee high school seniors. After a round of interviews, the committee elected to extend financial support and mentoring to the following new scholars:


Mayra Alaniz (Award: $1,500)
High School: South Division
College: Georgetown University

Anticipated Major: Social Welfare, Public Policy, Pre-Law 
Mayra views college as just the first step in her goal of helping other economically disadvantaged youth and addressing the  education gap. “My dream is to become a policy maker,” she says.


Armonie Dotson (Award: $1,500)
High School: Riverside
College: UW-Madison
Anticipated Major: Biomedical Engineering

In high school Armonie volunteered with Pearls for Teen Girls & the BloodCenter and participated in the Nia Club, which equips African American students with the tools to prepare for college. She plans to pursue a career in oncology.









Left: Jon Dehlinger with scholars Amy Lavender and Armonie Dotson. Right: Deja' Hoskin with mentors Christy Brown and Pam Evason.


Deja’ Hoskin (Award: $2,500)
High School: Riverside      
College: UW-Whitewater
Anticipated Major: Criminal Justice
This past summer Deja’ worked at Quarles & Brady through the City of Milwaukee teen internship program – a great start to Deja’s career goals of becoming a District Attorney and eventually a Supreme Court Justice.


Amy Lavender (Award: $2,500)
High School: Riverside
College: UW-Madison
Anticipated Major: Psychology

Amy credits her jobs as a lifeguard and as an art intern for the Milwaukee Public Theater for her intention to go into a field where she can help others. She was a high school athlete on the swim and soccer teams.


Frenchie Randolph (Award: $1,500)
College: Cardinal Stritch
Major: Special education

A visually-impaired single mother of six, Frenchie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education with a certificate in special education. She says, “I want to be able to help the children who need it most.”










Left: Frenchie Randolph with her daughter Katrasa and mentor Kathleen O'Brien. Right: Aaliyah Rodgers and her mother Nina sit with Genie Smith. Genie and her husband Tom created the Gordon and Elizabeth Smith Scholarship in Tom’s parents’ honor.


Aaliyah Rodgers (Award: $4,500)
High School: Rufus King
College: UW-Madison
Anticipated Major: Nursing

Aaliyah is our first Gordon & Elizabeth Smith Scholar. She intends to be a pediatric nurse so that she can make a difference every day, and she says she looks forward to building a friendship with her mentors.


Aniyah Stubblefield (Award: $2,500)
High School: Riverside
College: Mount Mary College
Anticipated Major: Sonography & Nursing
Aniyah made a point to try new experiences every year in high school, participating in the    Youth Health Service Corps, the school costume    crew, and the school newspaper. She hopes to be a medical sonographer.



Destiny Thomas (Award: $2,500) 
High School: South Division
College: UW-Whitewater
Anticipated Major: Forensic Science, Criminal Justice

Destiny participated in tennis, softball, College Possible, and Student Leadership in high school – but she says her most interesting activity was Restorative Justice, a program where students who get into trouble face a justice circle of their peers who talk through the issue and make recommendations. 



The committee was also pleased to continue support for eleven returning scholars. They are:


Second Year:

Daniela Cortes, Carroll University, Biology (Animal Behavior and Psychology)
Carla Lopez, Alverno, Marketing


Third Year:

Jasmine Bray, Mount Mary College, Nursing
Jade Brown, Marquette, Nursing
Tim Hall, UW-Madison, Biology (Pre-Med)
Brandon Holmes, UW-Oshkosh, Political Science/History
Natasha Todd, Marquette, Nursing
Kelsey Wilkerson, UW-Madison, Electrical Engineering


Fourth Year:

Jessica Ortiz, UW-Whitewater, Sociology
Ariel Wyatt, UW-Oshkosh, Nursing
Markesha Parker, UW-Platteville, Engineering


Congratulations to all the RCM scholars, and a big thank you to their mentors and the RCM Scholarship committee.