All four of Montclair State’s Promise Prize winners learned, networked and expanded their horizons during an annual leadership summit in Washington, D.C., in late July. The summit is held each year by the Change Create Transform Foundation to bring together all of the Promise Prize scholars.
Kishawn Jean-Pierre, who was the 2017 winner of the Promise Prize, was attending the summit for the first time.
“The opportunity to attend the summit in D.C. was a life changing experience that made me extremely appreciative of my culture, motivated me to reach my goals, and inspired me to take on as many leadership roles as possible,” said Jean-Pierre, a rising senior accounting major. “Throughout the summit, I was exposed to the historical struggles that the African American race has gone through in order to pave the way for the opportunities that we have today. The opportunity to attend the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as listening to the personal struggles of the many members of the Change Create Transform Foundation made me aware of the fight that many have put up for the African American race to progress. I left the summit in D.C. knowing that I wanted to continue the fight and inspire others to do the same so the African American race and community can continue progressing as a whole.”
The Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize is awarded annually by the Change Create Transform Foundation, which recognizes and rewards academic excellence and encourages leadership, scholarship, service and philanthropy. The prize was established in 2002 by the foundation’s founder Vikki Pryor, in memory of her grandmother Marie Nesbitt, who was a great-granddaughter of slaves who held jobs ranging from domestic worker to welder.
The Promise Prize is awarded to a black entrepreneurship or business student with the following traits: academic excellence (high GPA), leadership, scholarship, initiative, service and entrepreneurship. The winners, who are called Scholars, become part of a community that networks together and holds an annual summit. This was the first year that the summit was held outside New York. (more…)