Nacilia McCarthy is the recipient of The Coalition of a Hundred Black Women’s Role Model scholarship. She is a junior majoring in Communications Technology. Trio Student Support Services (SSS) is one of the several programs and organizations she is involved in on campus. It has played a major role in McCarthy’s academic development since the Summer of 2012. While she has gained an abundance of information attending the academic workshops together with her meetings with the counselors at SSS, the support from these meetings has pushed her to go above and beyond academically. Of all the support, she benefits the most from updates given by her counselors. These updates include internship opportunities that apply to her career goals.
The staff at SSS felt that Nacilia would be a great candidate for The Coalition of a Hundred Black Women’s Role Model program. Subsequently, she was referred to the Career Services Center where she applied to the program. McCarthy states that, “Career Services is a great place for mentorship. Their services exposed me to a lot of opportunities for networking and building my brand.” This week-long program consisted of workshops led by a plethora of successful individuals. In addition to the workshops, she was paired with a mentor at BET and was allowed to shadow him on the set of 106 & Park. To complete this uplifting experience McCarthy was awarded a $2000 scholarship. When sharing her experience with SSS she closes by saying, “I would have been content with all that I had already experienced that week of spring break, but being awarded first place for a scholarship, pushed my happiness into overdrive.”