SC State Junior Named Apple HBCU Scholar

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nawal Bryant, a junior business management major from Spartanburg, South Carolina, has been selected to participate in the highly competitive Apple Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Scholars program. Bryant is among 35 scholars from 16 HBCUs to be named an Apple HBCU scholar.  

Now in its second year, this initiative was created by Apple, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TGMF). The program provides opportunities in the technology industry for academically outstanding students and seeks to enhance engagement with faculty on HBCU campuses. 

Holding a 3.89 grade point average, Bryant credits SC State for affording her the experience to participate in such an opportunity.

She said, “SC State’s greatest asset is its faculty and staff. The relationships that I have built with professors helped me propel and granted me the skills needed to be successful in programs such as Apple HBCU Scholars.”

Bryant is excited about the great learning and networking experiences she will receive as a scholar in the program.

She said, “This is an internship that will motivate me to continue to excel in every endeavor. It is a life-changing experience, and I am extremely optimistic about my future.” 

During the week of February 13, Apple hosted the scholars for an immersive five-day experience, held at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The students were able to learn more about the company’s culture, ecosystem and community.

In May, Bryant will be among other Apple scholars who will gain hands-on experience through a paid internship. Upon returning to school for their final year, these students will also receive scholarship funding to complete their education. They will also serve as ambassadors for the scholars program.

Bryant looks forward to the journey ahead as she moves closer to completing her undergraduate degree. After graduation, she plans to pursue a corporate career and obtain a master’s in business administration.