Amaiyah F. Walker

Amaiyah F. Walker

Sandy Run K-8 School seventh-grader Amaiyah F. Walker recently received the National Association for Gifted Children’s Dr. Martin D. Jenkins Scholar Award.

Walker is the first South Carolinian to receive the award since its inception in 2014. The award is only given to a handful of students in grades 6-12 from around the country each year.

According to NAGC, the Jenkins Scholar Award is “a very significant program for numerous scholars and advocates of gifted black learners who are often overlooked or not adequately served in school programs.”

The award is named in honor of Dr. Martin D. Jenkins, known as the father of research on gifted blacks, and is designed to honor the achievements of highly gifted black students who excel academically in school.

The scholarship is cosponsored by the NAGC Special Populations Network and the NAGC Gifted Racial Accountability and Commitment to Equity Special Interest Group.

Walker will be inducted into the Jenkins Scholar Society at the NAGC 64th annual National Convention on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will be presented with a $300 scholarship and an engraved accolade recognizing her exceptional test scores, exemplary school work and achievements.

In addition to the national award, Walker was among the top state winners in the 2016 South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education Contest.

She was a Region 2 Melba McKenzie and LeAnn Crosby Summer Scholarship Contest winner. As a sixth-grader, she competed against gifted students in grades 6-8 in the Greater Columbia area and surrounding cities, which encompassed nine districts. She used the funds to attend Clemson Universities Project WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Summer Camp.

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