GHS Graduate Wins Black Caucus Scholarship

A local teenager is on her way to fulfilling her dream with a scholarship.

Aaliyah Durant, 18, is this year’s recipient of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus Scholarship.

Aaliyah Durant, left, poses with State Representative Yvonne Hinson, D-Gainesville, in Hinson’s office with the Durant Fellowship awarded by the Florida Legislative Black Caucus.

The Florida Conference of Black State Legislators Foundation, in partnership with the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, provides financial support to eligible students statewide to help them achieve their higher education goals.

The foundation organizes an annual scholarship gala to raise funds through contributions from public and private partners.

“It will greatly benefit my graduate studies,” Durant said. “It will help relieve the pressure from my mother.”

Durant received $1,250 and she said the scholarship helps give her hope to continue her education.

Durant was dual-enrolled at Santa Fe College when she attended Gainesville High School, graduating in 2021.

She is currently a student at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where she is majoring in nursing with a minor in music.

“I have a passion for helping babies,” Durant said. “It feels good to know that I can help babies and give them a chance to live.”

She will also intern at Florida House in the spring.

“I have always worked diligently to provide scholarships for students,” said state Rep. Yvonne Hinson, D-Gainesville. “Education is a path to prosperity. Anything I can do to give them a boost, I will.

The Florida Conference of Black States Legislators Foundation (FCBSL) Legislative Scholars Internship Program offers students the opportunity to engage with state legislators during committee weeks and the legislative session.

During the internship, students have the opportunity to observe legislators address issues relating to health, economic development, tourism, education, crime, environmental conservation and environmental protection. other matters of importance to residents and citizens of the State of Florida.

“It’s amazing to know that there are people out there who want to help and uplift students,” Durant said. “I’m happy to be part of it.”

Durant said she hopes being the recipient of the scholarship will inspire others to pursue their goals.

“Don’t give up on your dreams, no matter how hard it is,” Durant said. “Keep fighting for what you want. Once you graduate, no one can take your education away from you.

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Gainesville student wins Florida Legislative Black Caucus scholarship

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