The Cheryl Watkins Snead Legacy Scholarship was established with a $25,000 grant from the Amica Company Foundation, a subsidiary of the Amica Mutual Insurance Company of Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Mrs. Snead was the Chief Executive Officer of Banneker Industries, a nation-wide supply chain management company. Moreover, she was a distinguished business, civic and community leader in Rhode Island, serving on not-for-profit and corporate boards, including the board of Amica for nearly 20 years until her untimely death in January, 2018.
Cheryl Snead earned a BS Degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MBA from Purdue University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business administration and management by Bryan University in 2006.
Mrs. Snead founded Banneker Industries which was named after Benjamin Banneker, the first recognized African-American mathematician, astronomer and inventor. She built the company from the ground up, an accomplishment for which she was recognized widely. In 2014, for example, Mrs. Snead was a recipient of the inaugural Women’s Business Enterprise National (WBEN) Women of Distinction, an honor for which she was recognized at the White House by President Barack Obama. Mrs. Snead received numerous other professional and civic awards.
. Must be an African American graduate of a Manatee or Sarasota County High School enrolled in an accredited college or university.
. Completed the Freshman and/or Sophomore years at an accredited institution and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
. Must provide documentation of demonstrated leadership skills
. Submit a recent photograph
Must provide three letters of reference including two from college or university faculty and staff and one from an individual not affiliated with the college or university.
Write and submit an essay of at least 300 words, looking forward 25 years from your current circumstances, describing your goals and your vision of where you will be professionally and personally and your plan for achieving them.
The ASALH Scholarship Committee will evaluate eligible candidates, including possible interviews, and recommend renewable scholarship awards of $5,000 for two or three years, subject to a determination of continued satisfactory academic performance, service (leadership) and availability of funds.
Students who are pursuing a college degree in the fields of business, science, technology, engineering and math will receive special consideration.
Mrs. Harriet A. Cowan, Scholarship Chair, Manasota ASALH, Inc.