Delta Kappa Omega Foundation awards first Graduate/Professional Student Scholarship

By Carolyn P. Jones
and Juanita Williams
Special to the Outlook

Two FAMU graduate students — Caroline S. Briscoe and Brianna Hampton — were named the first recipients of the Delta Kappa Omega Foundation Graduate/Professional Student Scholarship. Both students, who are completing the Master of Science Program in Community Psychology, were each awarded $1,000.

The award winners were determined based on their academic achievement, as well as their demonstration of leadership skills and community service. Each applicant also had to submit two letters of recommendation in addition to writing an essay.

Briscoe, a native of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands who was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a BS degree in psychology from FAMU, where she also earned a MS degree in school psychology. She also holds a MS degree in social work from Jackson State University. 

Briscoe, who has a 4.0 GPA, is currently a second-year student in the Master of Science Community Psychology Program at FAMU. 

She demonstrated her commitment to community service during the pandemic, joining with two other graduate students to launch “Soul Food,” a project to provide food to needy residents.

“Thanks for this opportunity,” Briscoe wrote in response to being a scholarship winner. 

“I am honored to receive the Delta Kappa Omega Foundation, Inc. scholarship,” wrote Briscoe, who plans to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. “As a young scientist-practitioner, I made it my mission to improve the Black community through community engagement and research.”

 She went on to express her gratitude to the Delta Kappa Omega Foundation for the scholarship. 

“I believe that it is essential for Black organizations and individuals with similar interest to help the Black community,” she said. “These actions will increase positive actions within the Black community.”

Hampton is a Tallahassee native who completed her undergraduate studies at Tallahassee Community College and Valencia State College where she received her AA degree and BS degree in psychology, respectively. She also is a second-year student in the Master of Science community Psychology Program at FAMU.

In addition to aspiring to further her studies in community psychology and earn a doctorate degree, Hampton has an interest in educational psychology.

In her spare time, Hampton does volunteer work with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Stand Up for Veterans and the March of Dimes.

“It is an honor to be a recipient of the Delta Kappa Omega Foundation, Inc. Scholarship,” Hampton said. “I am committed to serving the lives of others through community involvement and education.”

Hampton said she also would like to “pave the way for underrepresented communities by contributing to the breakdown of educational barriers that exist within society,” adding, “Receiving the Delta Kappa Omega Foundation, Inc. Scholarship supports my mission to give back and help others succeed.”

The scholarship committee members were Barbara Awonoyi, Donna Harvey, Leona Johnson, Shirley Jones, Audrey Smith and Angela Thornton. Former committee member Carrie Garvin created the application, while Bertha Murray was one of the judges for the essays.

The committee also announced it will double the number of award recipients for its next scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.