LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SELECTED AS GIRLS INC. NATIONAL SCHOLAR
Updated: Mar 23
Jariah Chapman, a member of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga and senior at Brainerd High School, has been awarded a 2020 Girls Inc. National Scholar, a $20,000 Girls Inc. Lucile Miller Wright scholarship. She was selected for her outstanding academic achievements, community service work, and dedication to the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Jariah Chapman is one of 23 Girls Inc. National Scholars selected from across the United States and Canada.
Jariah Chapman has been with Girls Inc. since her sophomore year of high school when Jariah joined the Road to College and Success program, where she is now Vice President. She is also part of the Girls Inc. IMPACT program and member of the Women’s History Project. Jariah also serves as a teen mentor for Girls Inc.
“For the last 3 years, I thought I truly knew [Jariah’s] story, but in this past semester she has shared a story of triumph that has brought tears to my eyes. How could someone with so many odds stacked up against her still have a jovial laugh that echoes throughout our center?” explains Toccora Johnson, Senior Director of Program Operations at Girls Inc. According to Jariah, “it’s better than crying or making excuses for myself!” Clearly, this young lady is far wiser than her years.
Jariah was a part of the Upward Bound Math and Science program, held the parliamentarian role in the Student Government Association, and ran as president for The National Honors Society. Jariah Chapman is the first of her family to graduate from high school and attend college. She will begin at Howard University in the fall with a concentration in Nursing and minor in African American Studies.
Jariah will also be honored along with her mentor, Dr. Shervonda Sherrow at the 16th Annual UnBought UnBossed Awards on April 22, 2020.