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Claflin University Graduate Student LaKendric Williams Receives $7,500 Eisenhower Fellowship

Feb 02, 2012

 

MBA Student Dominique Brown Also Receives $5,000 Eisenhower Award

 

LaKendric Williams

LaKendric Williams, a Master of Business Administration student from Chicago, has been awarded a $7,500 fellowship from the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Program.

“I am ecstatic and humble at this award,” said Williams. “To be selected among the best and brightest of our nation is truly a great milestone in my life.”

In January, Williams attended the Transportation Research Board's 91st Annual Meeting, which is a global attraction for transportation experts and officials.

The Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by attracting the brightest minds to the field through education, research, and workforce development.

Williams noted his selection was the result of a rigorous process that included vetting from Claflin professors and federal transportation officials.

His research is examining the best practices for recruiting, developing and retaining a minority presence in the transportation industry. Williams received a bachelor's degree in biology from Rust College in Mississippi.

“Claflin University was desirable because I wanted to learn in an environment conducive for my development as a business professional,” Williams said.

His favorite aspect of the Claflin classroom experience is intimate setting that allows for enriching dialogue between students and professors.

After graduating this spring, Williams hopes to start a career with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“I'd like to use that platform to give back to the community,” he said.

Dominique Brown, '10, a Lake City, S.C. native who is pursuing an MBA with a concentration in finance, also received a $5,000 Eisenhower Fellowship. She is currently employed as a merchant teller at Bank of America.

Her research is focused on finding ways to fund highways without raising taxes. She has found that parking fees and express toll lanes are the best revenue raising tactics to that end thus far. After finishing her MBA, Brown plans to elevate her career trajectory in either the banking or transportation industry.

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