Wendena Parkes Selected for National Educational Testing Service Presidential Scholarship.
Senior biology major Wendena Parkes was recently selected among eight other students in the nation to receive the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Presidential Scholarship for Historically Black College/University (HBCU) students. The tuition only scholarship is for the 2017-2018 academic year and is open to students who attend public and private HBCUs.
ETS is a non-profit organization comprised of education experts, researchers and assessment developers who design industry-leading assessments and test prep materials. The scholarship selection process included an external review by a committee in which students' academic achievements, co-curricular activities, essays, letter of recommendations, and other application materials were evaluated.
"I am honored to have received this prestigious scholarship, because of ETS' generosity, I will be able to focus on my academics and graduate as a first-generation college student," shared Parkes.
Parkes' scholarship essay was titled the "Effect of Aluminum Hydroxide adjuvant on Autism." The essay is a continuation of a research project that Parkes' and Dr. Omar Bagasra, professor and director of The SC Center for Biotechnology, are currently working on.
Parkes has always had a passion for the STEM field and research and has served as an undergraduate research assistant throughout her matriculation at Claflin. She along with the other ETS Presidential Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to present their research to the ETS committee during the fall semester.
Additionally, the Portland, Jamaica native is currently completing a 10-week cancer research internship/fellowship at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
After completing her studies at Claflin, Parkes hopes to continue her education, obtain her Ph.D. and continue her cancer research studies.