The Richmond Observer – Shelley and Wiatrowski named 2021 Maynor Fellows at UNCP
PEMBROKE – De’Maurion Shelley and Nina Wiatrowski have been named 2021 Maynor Honors College Fellows at UNC Pembroke.
Recognized as the UNCP’s most prestigious four-year scholarship, the Maynor Honors Scholarship pays for tuition, fees, books, room and board. It is named after the late Esther Graham Maynor, a native of Pembroke and one of the university’s most generous donors.
Shelley, a freshman from Fayetteville studying history and social sciences, credits her former teachers with influencing her decision to pursue a career in the classroom.
“My fourth grade teacher in Colorado, Ms. McLane, made me want to become a teacher. My seventh grade social studies teacher inspired my love of history. In high school, I took a civics and political science class at the same time, which brought together my love for history and politics, ”said Shelley.
Shelley excelled at Cumberland International Early College, where he was heavily involved in the Student Government Association and was appointed Cumberland County Schools’ 2021 Educator of the Future. His on-campus engagement with SGA continued at UNCP when he was elected freshman senator and joined the Black Student Union and the Native American Student Organization. He is also a service learning assistant teacher.
“I am extremely honored to have been selected as a Maynor Honors Fellow,” he said. “I greatly appreciate this opportunity given to me, and I plan to work tirelessly to show that it was not a mistake in selecting me.”
Wiatrowski is also grateful for receiving the scholarship, noting the substantial financial impact on her family.
“I am honored. I feel accomplished and my parents were very happy for me. The award of this scholarship has helped me immensely, especially since my mother is out of work,” said Wiatrowski, a first year student. year of Raleigh.
Wiatrowski graduated among the best in his class at Broughton High School in Raleigh. She was an active member of the National Honor Society, the Animal Shelter Club, and the track and field, cross country and swim teams.
At UNCP, she is part of the women’s swim team and plans to study environmental science.