NAFSA in partnership with the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) announced the creation of the NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship in February of 2019. Funded by an endowment established by Tamara H. Bryant, this scholarship creates opportunities for African-American undergraduate students to study abroad and gain valuable experiences that will prepare them for the increasingly global environment into which they will graduate. NAFSA and FEA are working together toward their shared goal of increasing diversity and inclusion in study abroad.

2019 Recipients

On March 28, 2019 FEA announced the 2019 NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship recipients. NAFSA congratulates the following recipients:

Sabian Chalmers  

  • Colorado College, Class of 2021
  • History Major with Political Science Minor
  • Study Abroad Destination: Luneburg, Germany

Ashlyn Denson

  • Bethune-Cookman University, Class of 2020
  • Mass Communication Major with Theatre Minor
  • Study Abroad Destination: Bologna, Italy

Tayla Gaines

  • Xavier University of Louisiana, Class of 2022
  • Biology Major with Chemistry Minor
  • Study Abroad Destination: San Jose, Costa Rica

Brian Gyamfi

  • University of Texas at Austin, Class of 2021
  • Psychology Major
  • Study Abroad Destination: Seoul, South Korea

Ashley Jones

  • University of Arizona, Class of 2020
  • Nutritional Sciences Major with Psychology Minor
  • Study Abroad Destination: Verona, Italy

Kourtney King

  • Albany State University, Class of 2021
  • Biology Major with Pre-Med Minor
  • Study Abroad Destination: Madrid, Spain

Faith Lewis

  • Ohio State University, Class of 2020
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major with a Substance Misuse and Addiction Minor
  • Study Abroad Destination: Chengdu, China

Dimetri Lyons

  • Mississippi State University, Class of 2021
  • Communications & Theatre Major with French Minor
  • Study Abroad Destination: Tours, France

Kaevyn Maple

  • Texas Tech University
  • Psychology Major with a Global Studies Minor
  • Destination: Seoul, South Korea

Darayon Moore

  • Kentucky Wesleyan College
  • Chemistry (Pre-Med) Major
  • Destination: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Darius Moore

  • Albany State University
  • Biology Major
  • Destination: Kyoto, Japan

Learn more about these recipients at the FEA website.

The scholarships for African-American students represent the first step in implementing the Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship. Mrs. Bryant also included in her trust the provision of scholarships for graduate students from Burma (Myanmar) and East Asia to study in the United States. NAFSA is working to develop this next phase of the scholarship program.

Learn more about FEA scholarships for future semesters.

About Tamara H. Bryant

The Tamara H. Bryant Scholarship has been made possible through the generosity of Tamara H. Bryant, a refugee from Burma (Myanmar) who travelled from her home country to India by foot during World War II before she eventually settled in the United States. Through her observations and experiences, Mrs. Bryant recognized the challenges faced by women in the workplace. With this understanding and a recognition of the power of international education, Mrs. Bryant founded an endowment with NAFSA to promote intercultural exchange through scholarships. NAFSA has pledged $90,000 from proceeds of the endowment to the FEA to fund multiple scholarships each year for African-American students who wish to study abroad and who embody Mrs. Bryant’s spirit of resilience and commitment to intercultural exchange.