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Stephanie L. Griffith, MHSA

Was awarded scholarships for four years beginning in 1993. A graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and the University of Kansas, she now lives outside Washington, D.C. where she is a healthcare consultant and owns an event planning company.

Stephanie’s high GPA made her eligible for a feeder program for graduate school. The president of FAMU was concerned that fewer than 3% of graduate degrees were awarded to African Americans. He created a program that provided free tuition for graduate school for African American students who maintained a 3.0 GPA. Stephanie feels the 3.0 GPA requirement of the Scholarship Fund was the impetus for her to maintain this high academic level. She obtained her MA degree in Health Services Administration at the University of Kansas.

Stephanie’s father worked diligently throughout his life and had a college degree from the University of West Indies. His degree was not recognized in the United States, and he had to start over and work his way up. After working 35 years for the South Bay Growers in Belle Glade, FL, he was injured on the job while helping a colleague. Due to complications from diabetes, he had to have four toes and part of his leg amputated. He died the day Stephanie was to leave for college. She and her mother knew he would want her to go that day, which she did. Stephanie is the youngest of five children and the only one born in the United States and the first generation in her family to graduate from college.

“The Friends’ scholarship was the financial catalyst that catapulted me to attain my high education goals.”

– Stephanie L. Griffith

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