Monday, February 25, 2008
Vote for me, Miss South Carolina State University, Portia N. Gifford,
as your new Miss MEAC 2008! Click on the link below to vote:
Portia Gifford, Miss South Carolina State University 2007-2008 is a 21-year-old senior and the proud daughter of SFC (Ret.) and Mrs. John (Angela) Gifford of Augusta, Georgia.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at SC State, she aspires to attain a doctoral degree in the field of nuclear pharmacy. With a passion for saving lives, Gifford plans to research a cure for two of the most deadly diseases affecting the African-American community, HIV/AIDS and diabetes.
A classically trained dancer, professional model and advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, Gifford is a member of the University’s Honors College and the South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (in science fields) Program (SCAMP), which recognized her as the 2005 “Most Outstanding Summer Research Intern.” She received the coveted 2007 Shining Star Award from
the South Carolina State University Foundation, in recognition of her outstanding
academic achievements, campus leadership and community service.
Being a strong advocate for community involvement, Gifford is also affiliated with the following organizations: Alpha Nu Sigma Nuclear National Honor Society, E.E. Just Science Club, Beta Kappa Chi Chemistry Honor Society, Health Professions Society, Marching 101 Band, United Voices of Christ Gospel Choir, Fashion Sense Fashion Club, National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Student Leadership Institute 2007, Miss Black and Gold 2005 of the Beta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
During her year of service as Miss South Carolina State University, Gifford plans to encourage students to become more actively involved as campus and community volunteers with the platform, “Stop the Violence of Silence.”
Gifford lives by the motto, “A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you forget to make your turn.”