March 26, 2018

Meet Cheyney University’s 2017-18 W.W. Smith Scholarship Recipients

Twenty-one undergraduate students at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania were recently awarded tuition assistance scholarships provided by the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust has been a trusted partner in assisting Cheyney to support and encourage the outstanding academic achievements of our students.

The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust is a private foundation established by William Wikoff Smith in 1977.  The Trust makes grants in the Greater Philadelphia region to support basic needs, college scholarships, maritime heritage preservation, and medical research primarily in heart disease, cancer and AIDS.

Cheyney University is excited to announce the recipients of the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust for the 2017-2018 academic year. The University is proud of all of our recipients, as they have demonstrated outstanding achievements both inside and outside of the classroom, and directly represent the desired expectations that the institution strives for.

Cheyney University’s 2017-18 W.W. Smith Scholarship Recipients 

Raghib Boyer | Sophomore | Communications 
Following graduation, Boyer hopes to attend law school to study sports and entertainment law.

Richauna Coley | Sophomore | Business Administration 
Following graduation, Coley dreams of relocating in order to pursue her goal of becoming a marketing and product development manager for fashion brand, Kenzo.

Tyah Fuller | Sophomore | Early Childhood EducationFollowing graduation, Fuller plans to continue her studies to earn her Master’s degree in education. However, her lifelong goals are to become an elementary school principal and start her own daycare.


Julien A. Hill | Freshman | Post-Secondary Education & Business
Following graduation from CU, Hill desires to attend law school at Georgetown or Harvard University, in hopes of one day opening his own law firm.

Khayla James | Senior | Graphic Design
Following graduation, James will pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an interior designer. To accomplish this goal, she plans to enroll in an interior design certificate program at Temple University, and then head to Lincoln University to pursue an MBA.

Siani M. James | Senior | Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management 
Following graduation, James will exit Cheyney to enter a position with Marriott Hotels as a Rooms Operational Manager at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel. 

Abdul Jenkins | Senior | Social Relations major (concentration in Criminal Justice) & Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management minor
Following graduation, Jenkins plans to pursue graduate school, in hopes of building a career in Social Work.

Judene Jimenez | Senior | Liberal Studies

Following graduation, Jimenez plans to attend graduate school to obtain her Master’s degree in early childhood education.

Amala Johnson | Senior | Liberal Studies

Following graduation, Johnson will continue her studies, first preparing to take her teacher’s certification exam, and later moving on to pursue her Master’s degree in education.

Sidera Jones | Junior | English
Following graduation, Jones plans to attend graduate school to further her education, and aspires to become a successful writer.

Koffi Kengbo | Junior | Political Science major & French minor

Following graduation, Kengbo will continue his studies. He hopes to attend the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a Master’s degree in public & international affairs. After obtaining his Master’s, he aspires to enter a career in public policy and run for political office.

Wilimina Kpor | Sophomore | Psychology
Following graduation, Kpor plans to continue her studies to obtain a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and volunteer overseas.

Anwar-Nasser Mathis | Senior | Accounting

Following graduation, Mathis plans to dually seek employment and continue his education, with an overall goal to obtain his MBA and CPA within the next three to five years.

Winkenia Correa Merejildo | Senior | Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management 

Following graduation, Merejildo hopes to continue her education to pursue an MBA.


James Mergile | Senior | Psychology 

Following graduation, Mergile plans to continue his studies, and anticipates fall 2018 acceptance into a graduate program at Temple University. At Temple he hopes to study clinical psychology or school psychology.


Robert Parker | Junior | Graphic Design

Following graduation, Parker plans to pursue his Master’s degree.

Rahww Swiggett | Senior | Business Administration (concentration in Accounting) 

Following graduation, Swiggett plans to enter a career with investment management company, Vanguard, and later hopes to pursue a Master’s degree from Temple University or LaSalle University.

Hanif Taylor| Sophomore | Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management
Following graduation, Taylor plans to pursue a career in Hotel Management. 

Dominick Trautz| Senior
Following graduation, Trautz hopes to attend law school.

Amira Williams | Biology Major

Following graduation, Williams plans to pursue her lifelong dream of attending Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry, and later become an oral surgeon.

Octavia Joy Williams | Senior | Political Science
Following graduation, Williams plans to continue her education to study law at Howard University. Her ultimate career goal is to become a Pennsylvania State Representative.