CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Food Lion has awarded Shantavia Edmonds, Miss Claflin University, with its 2019 Miss CIAA crown, along with a $2,500 scholarship at the CIAA Fan Fest inside the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Edmonds is a junior biochemistry major and a member of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College.
“I am so thankful to Food Lion, Claflin College and my parents for supporting me in this competition,” she said. “My hope is to use this new designation to talk about food insecurities that not only exist on campus but in our community. I really want to set up a pantry on campus.”
Edmonds is a member of the honors council and serves as the secretary of Claflin's Young Democrats of America. She also served as a tutor for Jerusalem Baptist Church and was Miss Garden City Teen (2015-2016).
A native of Rowesville, Edmonds has worked as a pharmacy technician in Orangeburg and conducted research at the University of Virginia. She is the daughter of James and Joyce Edmonds.
The Food Lion Miss CIAA Scholarship Competition winners are given scholarships based on their GPA, a community profile video on alleviating hunger, school involvement, interview, essay and online popular vote.
The CIAA is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II athletic conference consisting mostly of historically African-American institutions of higher education.