Shinn Awarded Full Ride to NC Central University

Shinn Awarded Full Ride to NC Central University
Posted on 06/27/2018
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Miniya Shinn, a recent 2018 graduate of Hickory High, has been awarded the Cheatham-White Scholarship to attend North Carolina Central University (NCCU) this fall. North Carolina Central University was founded in 1909 as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua by Dr. James Edward Shepard. It became the first public liberal arts institution for African Americans in the nation.

The all-expense paid scholarship program is a merit-based scholarship that provides an outstanding educational experience for students who are exceptional scholars, versatile and well-rounded individuals. Cheatham-White Scholars represent students with a broad range of interests, proficient in areas of both the arts and sciences; demonstrate leadership potential and a strong commitment to service.

As one of the honored students to be selected for this award, Shinn receives a funded four-year scholarship that covers the cost of all of the following: full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop, supplies, travel, and personal expenses. The scholarship also provides four summers of fully funded enrichment and networking opportunities that may include international travel and study.

The General Assembly named the scholarship for Henry P. Cheatham and George Henry White, African-Americans who served two terms each in Congress in the 1890s. Cheatham, an educator who founded an orphanage for black children, won election in 1890 and 1892. White, an attorney who studied at Howard University, won the same 2nd District seat in 1896 and 1898.

Shinn, who is considering majoring in biology at NCCU, has been active in school and the community since she enrolled with Hickory Public Schools in 2008 (the second grade),  when her family relocated to Hickory from Florida.

The daughter of Eugenia Shinn and Disun Shinn, Miniya was a member of service clubs at Hickory High, including the Interact, Beta, and the National Technical Honor Society.  She enjoyed reaching out to others through community service projects, including Operation Christmas Child and assisting her teachers with the annual HPS Curriculum Conference. She served community recycling projects and the annual YMCA Turkey Trot; and she is active with her church youth group at Maiden Chapel Baptist Church.

“While I am considering biology as my intended major, I am open to change as I review opportunities working in lab technology and research,” said Shinn.

“I have to give credit to the strong supporters in my journey—including those who have passed away, my grandparents and great aunt. They were always there for me, pushing me forward. My sister, Jasmine, has been a strong influence for several years, as well. I am thankful to have her in my life,” said Shinn.

Recognizing her great teachers at HHS, Shinn shared that she appreciated the quality teaching from Ms. Linda Hirsch, Ms. Gena Barnhardt and Ms. Cara Zell. “I’ve received some wonderful influences from the Hickory High teachers and appreciate their dedicated support with my academic growth,” said Shinn. “During high school, I learned to step out of my shell and I made efforts to be more open. These teachers helped me to become more self-confident.”

Miniya Shinn shared that “move-in” day at NCCU is July 29. “We have some special trips and programs as part of my scholarship,” she said, “and I can’t wait to get started with my new journey!”

                 Congratulations to Miniya Shinn!

(Post/photo by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)

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