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2023 Scholarship winnerS

With our National theme of “ "listen to the children…enrich their lives", Chums’ Founders’ National Scholarship, established at the October 2001 Conclave at Hilton Head Island, SC. in honor of Chum Founders Mary Ward Barnes, Joyce Tate Brown and Theodora Jackson Cora.

This scholarship benefits young adults attending college for the first time who have a documented financial need.  

The CHUMS Founders’ National Scholarship is a one-time scholarship award for a recipient who is nominated by a local chapter.   The recipient of the award will be voted on and announced at the annual conclave each October. 

Many of our local chapters have fundraisers for the scholarship program offered through Chums Inc.  Although family members/relatives of a Chum are not eligible for this scholarship, we encourage all Chums’ families to help identify eligible and worthy candidates for this wonderful opportunity.

•    A high school senior 
•    A non-family member of a Chum
•    Has completed volunteer services for the last 3 years
•    Has a five (5) year plan of future education/career goals
•    Has obtained awards, distinctions and academic honors in the past 3 years


2022 Scholarship Recipients

  • 1st Place - Sharlee Shaw (Orlando Chapter)
  • 2nd Place - Nana Amponsah-Antwi (Chicago)
  • 3rd Place - Mark Jones Jr. (Tri-city)
  • 3rd Place - Zoie Brogdon (Los Angeles)

 Scholarship Applications

Available from the local Chums Chapter, which services your area.

Chapters: go to the Members section/Forms for the scholarship application and instructions. 


1st Place: Sharlee Shaw

Sharlee Shaw is a Chums Incorporated Founders Scholarship recipient for 2023. A native of Orlando, Florida, and a graduate of Dr. Phillips High School. Sharlee is an extremely high achiever graduating with highest honors and nine college general education courses. She successfully mastered AP Calculus, AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and AP Government.


Sharlee’s commitment and dedication extended beyond the classroom into her school community. She was an active member of the Tutoring Club, Blood Drive community organizer, China Care Club, and Peer Support. Sharlee currently attends Florida A & M University as a Biology/ Pre-Med major. Sharlee is focused on building her career as a physician within the next and giving back to her community. Sharlee strives for excellence and success, and it is proven in everything she has done thus far.


Chums Incorporated is proud to recognize Sharlee Shaw as one of the National Founders Scholarship Receipts for 2023. 


2nd Place: Nana Amponsah-Antwi

Nana Amponsah-Antwi is an International Baccalaureate student and graduate of Hansberry College Preparatory with a 4.56 GPA and number six in her graduating class. Nana is a very determined young woman who has an intrinsic desire to learn and go beyond what is expected. Nana’s scholarly achievements include the Chicago debate team finalist, Excellence in English and Science award, Principal’s Honor Roll, and the Mt. Vernon Leadership Award.


Nana has plans to complete her post-secondary education at the University of Illinois Chicago with a degree in Biochemistry. Her passion for learning and science fuels her ultimate goal of owning her own research lab and making major contributions to the field of science and research.


Chums Incorporated is proud to recognize Nana Amponsah-Antwi as one of the National Founders Scholarship Receipts for 2023.


3rd Place: Mark Jones Jr.

Mark Jones Jr. is a graduate of Warren Early College High School. Mark is an exceptional student who is ambitious and hard-working. Mark performed very well while in high school balancing high school and college courses, graduating with a 4.08 GPA. Mark Jones Jr. is a leader among his peers and is described as a very kind young man who maintains focus on his goals. He achieved perfect attendance, mentored students in math, led the chess club, and was a Vanguard Award recipient. Mark's excellence in leadership expands beyond academics, he chaired the county’s first Robotics Competition. 


Mark’s love of Math and Physics led to him pursuing a career in Mechanical Engineering. He was accepted at the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Lee College of Engineering. Attending the University of North Carolina Charlotte will create opportunities and a pathway to success.


It is with pleasure that Chums Incorporated honor and recognize Mark Jones Jr. as a 2023 National Founders Scholarship recipient.


3rd Place: Zoie Brogdon

Zoie Brogdon is a graduate of Crossroads School for the Arts and Science. Zoie has been leaping over hurdles her entire life. Zoie is an accomplished equestrian with over ten years of experience. Academically, she served as a math tutor to students and mastered courses in calculus, honors biology, and history. Zoie has a passion for the arts including writing which propelled her to write several pieces that have been published and recognized in the media.        


Zoie was accepted at Spellman College and Howard University and plans to pursue a career in Media Studies. After completion of her degree, she plans to use her education and talents to contribute to the landscape of art in media through the art of storytelling.


Chums Incorporated is pleased to honor Zoie Brogdon with a scholarship to aid in fulfilling her dreams. 

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