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Welcome to our Newest Diversity Scholars

The Diversity Scholars program is one of Appalachian's Signature Scholarship programs which covers full in-state tuition, fees and an international experience for ten first-year new incoming students. The program provides students from different cultures and backgrounds with an opportunity to promote and embrace diversity. It is a four year renewable merit scholarship that is based on demonstrated commitment to diversity and leadership opportunities that will be continued throughout their Appalachian State University tenure.

This program includes leadership workshops, service-learning, international experiences and mentorship opportunities. The Diversity Scholars community helps facilitate critical conversations around race, equality and equity, which gives students an opportunity to assist with events and discussions on campus regarding diversity.

Meet our 22-23 Cohort of Diversity Scholars:

2022 23 Diversity Scholar Anokhi Mehara Thambugala

Anokhi Thambugala, a Cary native, intends to major in Global Studies.

Elyse Blackwell blackwellem  2022 23 Diversity Scholar KW

Elyse Blackwell, from Midland, NC plans to major in Communications Sciences and Disorders.

Francisca Campos Camposgaleasfm Diversity scholar

Francisca Campos Galeas is from Cary and intends to major in Business Marketing.

Jaiden Knotts knottojc  Diversity Scholar

Jaiden Knotts is from Gaines, Michigan.

Jocelyne Lemus  lemusjt  Diversity scholar

Jocelyne Lemus, an Asheboro native is pursuing a degree in Psychology.

Leone Martin martinbc2 Diversity Scholar

Brooklyn "Leone" Martin, from Roughedge, NC, plans to major in Public Relations.

Melissa Jeffris  jeffrisml  Diversity Scholar

Melissa Jeffries, originally from Brazil, is from Raleigh and is still exploring degree options.

Nbonleah Kaifan Bailey   kaifanbaileyng  Diversity Scholar

Nbonleah "Leah" Kaifan Bailey is from Greensboro and majoring in Communications.

Samantha Weaver weaversl Diversity Scholar Edit


Samantha Weaver is from Waxhaw, NC, and is still exploring different majors.

Stevie Watson watsonae 2022 23 Diversity Scholar CR


Stevie Watson, a Charlotte native, is also still deciding which major to pursue.