Jamirika Randall is one of the 34,000 students across the country who applied to The Gates Scholarship (TGS), a highly selective scholarship for outstanding minority high school seniors from low-income households. The scholarship provides complete funding for all collegiate expenses not funded by other scholarships to the college of their choice.
“The College of Charleston was my first choice,” says Randall. “I came to the College the summer after my junior year and participated in the Senior Project, which gave me a good sense of the campus and classes. I’d visited Charleston when I was younger and, after spending time on campus, it felt like I belonged here.”
A sense of belonging holds great importance for Randall, who shares a close bond with her family. She attributes her strong work ethic and determination to the women in her life who have served as role models. Before Randall was born, her mother made the courageous decision to move from Jamaica to South Carolina. In order to secure a job and earn her citizenship, Carol had to leave her four children behind. During this time, Randall’s godmother provided support and encouragement, always urging her to strive for excellence in her studies.
As a first-year student in the Honors College, Randall is already engaged in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities. A double major in biology and international studies, she is a Charleston Fellow and International Scholar, as well as a 1967 Legacy Scholar.
To learn more about Jamirika Randall’s scholarship success, check out the complete article by Amy Stockwell in The College Today.