A First for SisterMentors: Our First College Graduates

As SisterMentors approaches its 15th anniversary in 2012, we have reached a milestone. In May 2011, Megan Tuck and Shannon Scott became the first two SisterMentors young women to graduate from college!

Megan Tuck, Duke University, Class of 2011
Megan and Shannon started SisterMentors in eighth grade and were mentored by SisterMentors women who inspired and guided them to stay in school, do well, and go on to college. Megan is the first in her family to graduate from college. It has been gratifying to witness their transformation from middle school students to college graduates. As these young women now launch into the world, we are so proud of their achievements!

Megan graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Markets and Management. Shannon graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management,
and a Minor in Spanish.

And . . . More SisterMentors Young Women Are Off to College

Six more girls will start college in Fall 2011, bringing the number of girls that SisterMentors has helped to go to college to 18.

Binta Bayoh, University of Virginia's College at Wise
Here are their names and schools: Binta Bayoh: The University of Virginia's College at Wise; Wise, Virginia; Gifty Boakye: St. John's University; Queens, New York; Sherifa Idris: The University of Virginia's College at Wise; Wise, Virginia; Cecile Marsh: Pennsylvania State University; Greater Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Margie Obeng: Pennsylvania State University; University Park, Pennsylvania; and Khadeja Taha: Richard Bland College of the College of William & Mary; Petersburg, Virginia.

Kenda Kittrell, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Media Report on SisterMentors' Five New Doctorates
SisterMentors has now helped 39 women of color to earn Doctorates. The Washington Informer just reported on the recent celebration of our five new women doctorates. Read the article online here or download PDF
Here are the new women Doctorates: Dr. Fanta Aw, Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, American University, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Joelle Davis Carter, Doctor of Philosophy in Education Leadership, Higher Education and International Studies, University of Maryland, College Park; Dr. Barbara Ceptus, Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis; Dr. Melanie Harrison, Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Dr. Kenda Kittrell, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
SisterMentors Ph.D.s Granted Tenure
Two of the women SisterMentors helped to earn their Doctorate recently became tenured faculty at their universities.

Koritha Mitchell, Associate Professor

Koritha Mitchel is now an Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Laura G. Daughtery has become an Associate Professor in the National Catholic School
of Social Service at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
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Who We Are: Founded in 1997, SisterMentors is a program of EduSeed, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. EduSeed's mission is to promote education among traditionally disadvantaged and underserved communities such as women and people of color. EduSeed's unique SisterMentors program changes the lives of girls and women of color through mentoring, promoting education and transforming communities. This two-fold mentoring initiative works both to help stop the high drop-out rate among girls of color, and increase the number of women of color who earn doctorates. SisterMentors has helped 18 young women to go to college and 39 women of color to earn doctorates. The women and girls are African Americans, Latinas, Asian Americans and immigrants.