AFAM Scholarship Application


Claydon Hayward Barron Scholarship Application

Established by the family of Mr. Claydon H. Barron (1942 -2001), this endowed scholarship will serve to honor the memory of a devoted husband (Mary Barron), father (Lawanna Barron), humanitarian, and business entrepreneur. Mr. Barron, a native of Valdosta, Georgia, was a member of one of the first classes to graduate from Pinevale High School and was the first African American appointed to the Valdosta City Board of Education, serving ten years. A master businessman, Mr. Barron founded the Azalea City Bail Bonding Company, the Azalea City Limousine Service, and the Barron’s Insurance Agency. One of his many accomplishments that brought him great satisfaction was his affiliation with the Smooth Ashlar Grand Lodge York Rite Masons. The National Grand Lodge bestowed upon him the 33rd Degree Masonry. This scholarship continues to encourage the tradition of a respectable work ethic, perseverance and academic excellence.

Scholarship Amount and Method of Payment:

The successful applicant will receive $750.00 or more to be paid directly to the college or university for tuition and fees. This scholarship is not automatically renewable. The Barron Family, the Office of African American Studies and the Advisory Selection Committee will declare a recipient or no more than two recipients each academic year through the submission of applications. Applications will be available through the Office of African American Studies from October 1st through January 31st of each year.


Applicants must be African American Studies (AFAM) Minors who have demonstrated academic excellence and continuous progress within the African American Studies discipline area at VSU. The recipient must also be a full time VSU student enrolled as a sophomore, junior, senior or first year graduate student.

Please submit the following: Application form, official VSU transcript, one letter of recommendation from a university professor from whom you have taken a class, a recent photograph (for publicity purposes), and an ESSAY of 300-500 words describing: How a college education will enable (or has enabled) you to contribute to society and especially give back to the community that has supported you.
Claydon Hayward Barron Scholarship Application


All materials should be hand delivered in a large envelope to the AFAM Office by Monday, February 13, 2017, no later than 5:00 pm addressed to the following:

Dr. Calvin Walker, Chair
AFAM Scholarship Committee
1107 Nevins Hall
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA 31698

For further information, please contact Dr. Shirley Hardin at 229-249-4843 or come by the AFAM Office located at 1107 Nevins Hall, Valdosta State University.

Scholarship established: February 2002. Scholarship endowed: June 2011


No. Recipient Year Major
1 Tanica Trenase Boyd 2003 Biology
2 Javonda Denise Stanley 2003 Psychology
3 Tierra Shawnte Daniels 2004 Marketing
4 Lisa Elaine Hamilton 2004 Psychology


Calle Machelle Fielden 2005 Psychology
6 William Stephen Foster 2005 Psychology
7 Gala Patrice Goodwin 2005 Mass Media
8 Rafiah Amirah Jenkins 2006 Mass Media
9 Stephanie Alexis Palmer 2006 Political Science
10 Leroy Henderson 2006 General Studies
11 Antawn Jermaine Harvey 2007 General Studies
12 Michael Santell Jackson 2008 Political Science
13 John Lawrence 2008 Criminal Justice
14 Yalanda Jackson 2009 Education
15 Ashley Nicole Carter 2009 Management
16 Karimah Nailea Anderson 2010 Interior Design
17 Frank D. Moore 2011 Criminal Justice
18 Erica Renee Vinson 2011 Psychology
19 Jeremy Chase Hardin 2012 Mass Media
20 Omotayo A. Ikuesan 2012 English
21 Ryan B. Brinson 2013 Exercise Physiology
22 Hassanat Oshodi 2013 Mass Media
23 Veatrice Harper 2014 Interdisciplinary Studies
24 Brianna Tresha Matchett 2014 Interdisciplinary Studies
25 Y'Keisha Marie Knowles 2015 Biology
26 Roxanne Lee Davis 2015 Sociology & Anthropology
27 2016


JUNE 27, 2011

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