Via Lactea Winners

2020 Scholar

 

 

Kevin Nwogu

Management Major, Student Affairs Minor

Hometown: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Kevin is a Nigerian American who doesn't always rely on his words to be seen or heard but seeks to serve in his community through the direction of God, by empowering others around him.
Going into his third year at the University of Georgia, his experiences at the university have helped him to find his passions of mentorship and service. Kevin has served as a 2020 Orientation Leader, a Peer Leader for SGA's First-Year Forum, a director for the UGA Mentor Program, and an ambassador for Georgia African American Male Experience. He believes that we all can bring change in our community by serving and sharing our stories. Kevin is also the Vice President of Philanthropy of the Student Alumni Council, which has sparked his love for fundraising and has even helped him to start his own scholarship. Kevin created the Servant Leader Scholarship in 2019, committed to providing financial support along with opportunities for mentorship, community service, and academic & professional development for graduating students at his alma mater, Stephenson High School.

While there have been struggles, Kevin will continue to use his journey to transform and inspire him to continue to find ways to impact others around him.
Kevin will change the world through mentorship, service, and by providing others access to resources and opportunities. 
 

 

2019 Scholar

 

 

Omowunmi Oni

Biological Science Major, African Studies Minor

Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA

Omowunmi Oni is a passionate young leader fueled not only by giving back to the community in Athens and UGA, but also to her home country of Nigeria.

Omowunmi Oni is on a mission to become a public health dentist to serve communities with health care disparities. Throughout her time at UGA, she has immersed herself in various projects to advance herself towards this goal, while maintaining a strong academic record. As a lead undergraduate researcher studying the success of Black seniors in science, she works to improve the narrative of Black people in science careers. Omowunmi is a passionate volunteer dental assistant for the Mercy Health Center, working to bring free dental care to uninsured patients in Athens. Among these activities, she participates and leads in organizations like the African Student Union and the Student Health Advisory Committee to increase her cross-cultural awareness and knowledge about health care. She is a proud resident assistant for University Housing,  serving as a mentor and valuable resource for residents. Omowunmi holds mentoring dear to her heart as she is also a mentor for the Minority Science Student Association and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Her proudest accomplishment at UGA is being the president of the Nanka School Project - an organization that aims to bring equality in education for students in Nigeria. She one day dreams to set up free dental clinics throughout Nigeria.

Omowunmi will change the world by improving health care disparities and using her opportunities to continue to serve her various communities. 

 

2018 Scholars

 

 

Donavan Juleus

Advertising Major

Hometown: Savannah, GA

Donavan is a young man who thanks God for everything that he is and will become.

Donavan is a senior at the University of Georgia and after graduating in May 2019, he has intentions of attending law school. During his time at UGA, Donavan has been heavily involved both on campus and in the Athens community. His first year, he along with Mansur Buffins founded an afterschool mentorship program in the community called Young Black Kings. Donavan also serves as an advisor for an organization called Defender’s Advocate Society, a student run organization that provides assistance for students going through student conduct process. Donavan spends most of his time however on UGA’s Mock Trial team, earning several awards for best witness and best attorney performances. Donavan strives to live a principled life so that he can serve as a role model and example for the younger generation. Donavan will continue to reach back to young black males through community involvement in hopes that he can make a difference.

Donavan hopes that by both practicing law and giving time, energy, and money back to the community, he can make a difference in the world.

 

 


Opeyemi Adelugba
 
Biology Major with a Human Development and Family Consumer Science Minor
 
Hometown: Lithonia, GA
 
Opeyemi is young leader in the making, guided by faith. She lives by Proverbs 16:9 ~ We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our footsteps.
 
Opeyemi is seeking to grow at the University of Georgia. As a first year, she has begun to get involved in organizations, such as African Student Union, East Campus Village Community Board, Whatever It Takes Mentorship and Road Dawgs. Through these organizations, she has seen herself in a new light. Her current goal is to attend medical school to become a Forensic Pathologist, but she is still open to other medical pathways as she finds her place in the healthcare field. Yemi has a love to help others and plans to mentor young women as she grows and has new experiences. Yemi wants everyone to find their happy place in life and will use her experiences and education to help many people one day. As Yemi completes her freshmen year, she is prepared and excited to see the plans God has for her.
 
Opeyemi will change the world through healthcare opportunities and youth mentorship.
 

2017 Scholars     

                                                    

Samaria Aluko

Biological Science major with a Global Health Certificate

Hometown: Ackworth, GA

 

Samaria is a girl who believes failure is not an option.

Samaria is on a mission to develop vaccines that can cure diseases and improve the human race. She has traveled to parts of the U.S and delivered 1st place STEM presentations. She has received fellowships, awards, and scholarships for her work in STEM research. Not only is she a Dean’s List student, she is a community activist. While on her journey to saving the world she is helping others like her along the way; serving as a mentor for STEM students, through her involvement with Peach State Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority participation. She is also developing a Passion Project for a local rehabilitation center to employ the homeless in Athens. She also maintains campus involvement in organizations like Mobile Heath UGA, Wesley foundation, Manners, African Student union, and more. She does all this while working part time with University Housing to impact UGA student’s experience at their home away from home. This doesn’t come easy for her. She is very familiar with failure, doubt, and adversity. However, she has managed to push past her struggles to do so many extraordinary things, and her story touches others deeply. She is an inspiration to others, and will use this scholarship to continue her education, community impact, and achieve her long-term goals.

Samaria will change the world through her STEM research, youth development, and community education.

 

 

Winda Whor

Management Information Systems

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Winda is a girl who believes her challenging life experiences can inspire others.

Winda was born in Montreal, Canada, but raised in Atlanta Georgia most of her life. She enjoys problem-solving and technological activities that provide others more growth and fortuity. Her future goal is to establish her own business that will provide technological and management skills to youth that will help further their careers, and ultimately impact the global technology advancement. Winda is also a strong advocate for her community. Winda takes her difficult personal and professional experiences and uses them as a testimony of triumph to show others that they too can push past obstacles. Winda has a particular interest in developing young girls that may deal with depression, insecurity, or stress. She believes that her personal stories can impact others, and as a result has inspired many young girls to dream beyond their current circumstance.

Winda will change the world through technological innovation, women empowerment, and youth development.

 

 

Kelsey Davis

Health Promotion & Music Business

Hometown: Southwest GA

Kelsey is student leader on and off UGA’s campus, and believes that you do not have to choose between your passion, career, and life purpose.

Kelsey currently serves as the President of Music Only, a student organization that seeks to enhance the music scene in the Athens and UGA communities. Through her leadership, she and her organization were awarded the France on Campus Award by the French Embassy to partner with Clarke Central High School and participate in a music project. She recently interned at The United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills this summer. She serves as the Live Entertainment Coordinator for the university’s student programming board and books concerts and comedy shows. Kelsey is a songwriter and concert promoter and hopes to win a Grammy and sell out the UGA stadium at some point in her music career. She also hopes to work for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to create health initiatives that focus on childhood obesity and sexual health in college students.

Kelsey will change the world through music, health research, and youth mentorship.