ODF Scholarship Recipients 10 Years Later!

Old Dominion Foundation, Incorporated (ODF) is highlighting their scholarship recipients 10 Year later! Calvin Parson, Jr.

Calvin Parson, Jr. -  ODC Scholarship Recipients 10 Years Later! Currently, I am serving as the Director of Community & Charitable Programs for the Washington Football Team, helping to oversee all community relations and charitable programming activation with the team after having previously served as a Manager and Coordinator in the same capacity.

In my current role, I have helped coordinate and implement community engagement events and programs for team staff, Alumni, players, coaches and members of our local community, working closely with non-profit partners and school districts on implementation strategies.

My time at James Madison University was well-spent and I would not be where I am today without the opportunities that I was given as an undergrad Sport & Recreation Management student. I am forever grateful to the Old Dominion Chapter of the Links for awarding me the scholarship and for helping me achieve my educational and, ultimately, career goals.

  •  Full Name:  Calvin Parson, Jr.
  •   Scholarship Recipient Year:2009-2010
  •  James Madison University: Sport & Recreation Management (Minors: General Business, Sport Communication)

ODF Scholarship Recipients 20 Years Later!

Old Dominion Foundation, Incorporated (ODF) is highlighting thier scholarship recipients 20 Year later! Rachel Bryant, Shivon P. Kershaw, Johnathan Wright

Dr. Rachel Joyce Bryant -  ODC Scholarship Recipients 20 Years Later! Rachel Joyce Bryant currently serves as the Lead Clinical Psychologist of the Psychological Testing Program at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals in Atlanta, Georgia. She provides psychological services (therapy and psychological assessment) to children, adolescents, and adults with various presenting emotional and behavioral disorders. She was hired to develop this program based on her educational experience, extensive clinical experience, and her passion for mental health. In addition to Rachel’s educational and professional achievements, she also became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she currently serves on the Sergeant-At-Arms committee. Rachel shares that “Receiving the scholarship from the Old Dominion Chapter of The Links, Incorporated afforded me the opportunity to attend my dream school, Spelman College which helped me find my voice as a young African-American woman and instilled in me to serve as a catalyst to change the world. I am forever grateful.”

  •  Full Name:  Dr. Rachel Joyce Bryant
  •   Scholarship Recipient Year: 1999
  •  College/University: Spelman College, BA Psychology (2003,) Georgia State University MS Professional Counseling (2006), Georgia School Of Professional Psychology - Doctorate of Psychology (2015)

Jonathan Wright-  ODC Scholarship Recipients 20 Years Later! Mr. Wright is an alumnus of Hampton University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Finance and an Executive MBA from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business. Mr. Wright is currently Deputy Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

He is also a licensed Financial Advisor and Director of Expansion for his financial services firm with more than fifteen years of financial coaching, mortgage consulting, business strategy consulting, and financial analysis experience with corporate, private, and government organizations. He also established the Money Smart Ministry at his church, First Mount Zion Baptist Church, which focuses on financial literacy using biblical principles.

Mr. Wright attributes his success to his faith in Jesus Christ, parent's upbringing, his strong work ethic, and to organizations such as The Links who invest in their community through mentorship and scholarship. Mr. Wright earned a scholarship from the Old Dominion Chapter (VA) of The Links, Incorporated in 1999. This scholarship not only reduced the financial burden on his family but also planted a seed that is still growing today.

  •  Full Name:  Jonathan Wright
  •   Scholarship Recipient Year: 1999
  •  College/University: Hampton University, BS Finance (2003) University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, Executive MBA (2012)

Shivon P. Kershaw -  ODC Scholarship Recipients 20 Years Later! Shivon Kershaw, is a marketing and program development champion, who has leveraged her experience to transform programs into culture changing opportunities that advance organizations for the better. In her current role, Shivon serves as the Senior Innovation and Education Advisor for LabCFTC. She has been recognized by the Commission for multiple awards, including leading innovation in transformational learning as the Agency’s Learning Officer and a Chairman’s Award Recipient in 2016 for exceptional strategic execution.

Formerly, a Presidential and Federal Career fellow, she has served as Founder and President of College Bound 101 Foundation, (a grassroots organization that supplies college-bound youth with first-year college life needs); Director of Marketing, on the Board of Directors for the Educational and Charitable Foundation, Awardee of Hampton University’s 40 Under 40 Honor and a Youth Ambassador for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) as well as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Links, Incorporated.

Having been awarded the Old Dominion (VA) Chapter, the Links, Incorporated Scholarship, Shivon shares that she has been blessed tremendously to live out her potential as a thought-leader while empowering tomorrow’s leaders, today. Shivon acknowledges that she could not have been as successful without God’s favor and the support of the ladies of Old Dominion Links!

  •  Full Name:  Shivon P. Kershaw
  •   Scholarship Recipient Year: 1999
  •  College/University: Hampton University, BS International Business and Marketing, 5-Year MBA (2004) Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Executive MA (2016)

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