The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. invests significantly in the executives of tomorrow by funding and providing other means of professional development support for talented, motivated students in their pursuit of higher education. Through our Scholar Spotlight, the Economic Club will share our scholars' inspiring journeys through college and beyond.
Amber Dickens – 2015 Scholar
When she applied to participate in the 2019 cohort of The Economic Club/Urban Alliance Internship program, Amber Dickens gained far more than work experience. Amber was as an intern at United Bank in the summer of 2019 and was hired by the bank that fall, serving as an Assistant Manager-Retail Banker. She says she routinely uses budgeting tips she learned in the Club’s financial workshop and says the business dining etiquette lesson from the Club’s corporate dinner workshop came in especially handy. “It was the perfect timing for me because my employers took me out for dinner the following week,” she says. Read more about Amber here.
Mariah Green – 2012 Scholar
Mariah Green, who grew up in Ward 8 of Washington, D.C., applies her mantra of “low ego, high impact” both at work and in her community service. In 2017, after graduating college, Mariah became the Program Coordinator for the Economic Club’s summer internship program, which is run by Urban Alliance. Today, she works at the D.C. Department of Human Services serving as a Program Analyst for homeless youth aged 18 to 24. She also oversees the Youth Action Board, a meeting place for children to discuss their homeless shelter experiences with peers. Mariah plans to become a therapist, specializing in supporting young women. Read more about Mariah here.
Paul Tarrance – 2013 Scholar
Growing up, Paul Tarrance knew he wanted to be an educator and help inner-city male youth. Paul began working at Monument Academy through the Economic Club internship program, where he received mentoring from the CEO and Leadership team of the school. Since completing the internship and graduating college, he has joined the Club’s Alumni Leadership Council and has served as a mentor. In 2017, Paul began providing shoes, clothes, toiletries, and gift cards for groceries to his students—all timed with the winter holidays. He is now working to earn his master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Read more about Paul here.
Rev. Jonathan Wade – 2011 Scholar
Jonathan Wade holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University. He is an active member of the Economic Club Alumni Leadership Council and mentor to current scholars. When asked about his connection to the Club as a scholar and alumnus he said, “The Economic Club has been a training ground for me, it has been a foundation and support to get me through college, but still provides support in my growth and development as a leader. The transition from scholar to an alumnus has been meaningful and impactful as it guides me to develop my own leadership skills and continue in community service by supporting other scholars.” Read more about Jonathan here.
Ede Ashton-Scott – 2014 Scholar
Ede Ashton-Scott is a 2018 graduate of University of Delaware where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. She played the violin for 15 years, which compelled her to explore a career in the performing arts industry. As a scholar, Ede participated in the Economic Club Summer Internship Program and worked with Washington Performing Arts. Ede believes “If it were not for the backing of the Economic Club, I would not have been able to secure a paid internship at the place I’ve always wanted to work. The Economic Club offers scholars so much - they just have to take advantage of the opportunities before them." Read more about Ede here.
Ayana Bell – 2012 Scholar
Ayana Bell is a 2017 graduate of Morgan State University, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Information Science and Systems. Fascinated by technology from an early age, Ayana started shaping her future career path before she even started high school. She studied hard, made the right connections, and now works for Accenture as a Cybersecurity Compliance Analyst. Read more about Ayana here.
Miguel Portillo - 2015 Scholar
Miguel Portillo graduated in May 2019 from Sewanee: The University of the South. Born and raised to El Salvadorian parents, Miguel is passionate about the long-term success of the minority students who call D.C. home. Miguel, now equipped with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, will be relocating to Virginia where he will be working for Deloitte Consulting as a risk and financial advisory analyst. Read more about Miguel here.
Kamisha Mason - 2015 Scholar
Kamisha Mason is a 2019 graduate of North Carolina A&T University, earning her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Through the Economic Club’s Internship Program, Kamisha gained valuable work experience at several member organizations that prepared her for the workforce. Kamisha has recently began her career path with Red Five Security, an Economic Club member organization. Read more about Kamisha here.
Asia Leath - 2014 Scholar
Asia Leath is a senior majoring in communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is slated to graduate magna cum laude and is a member of the National Communication Association’s honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. Additionally, she has twice been an intern for Accenture through the Economic Club's summer internship program for scholars, and has been offered a full-time job with Accenture Federal. Read more about Asia here.
Daniel West - 2011 Scholar
Daniel West is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s Program in International Educational Development. He has been a Bonner Scholar, a youth, literacy, and skills development intern at UNESCO, and a program manager for Jobs for the Future, among other achievements. In late 2017, he will return to Washington, DC as a college and career coordinator for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). He is also the recipient of the Economic Club’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award, which was presented at the 2017 Scholarship Ceremony. Read more about Daniel here.
Najya Williams - 2016 Scholar
Najya Williams is an activist, recently published author, and sophomore at Harvard University. Since attending the District’s School Without Walls—and its dual-enrollment program with the George Washington University—Najya has published a sociological research paper, several articles for various online publications, and a poetry chapbook. A clinical research intern at Children’s National Medical Center, she intends to become a neonatologist. Most recently, Najya was the guest speaker at the Economic Club’s 2017 Scholarship Ceremony. Read more about Najya here.
My'Chelle Latta - 2012 Scholar
Since graduating with her bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, My’Chelle has continued to progress academically and professionally toward her goal of becoming a physician. She is currently a Medical Science Graduate Student at Hampton University. Read more about My'Chelle here.
Reniya Dinkins - 2014 Scholar
Reniya took advantage of opportunities with the Club’s Scholars to Leaders programming to help her jumpstart her career in politics. Today, Reniya is a Research Assistant for The Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy program, assisting the director with research and external engagements focused on inclusive economic development in U.S. cities and metropolitan areas. Read more about Reniya here.
Gregory Wilson - 2013 Scholar
Gregory Wilson is a 2018 graduate of Delaware State, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a double minor in Finance and Economics. He is now a Government Accounting Compliant Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and was recognized as the Government Accounting Compliance Employee of the Month for representing one of their five core principles: “Champion’s Heart”. Now the Director and Board Member of one of the District’s newest group homes, Bridging the Gaps Group Home, Gregory looks forward to further actualizing his professional and philanthropist dreams. Read more about Gregory here.
Jonah Jackson - 2014 Scholar
Jonah Jackson is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mercyhurst University in International Relations. Jonah broke barriers in his role as Student Government President and was later recognized by the university with the Carpe Diem Award, an honor bestowed upon a graduating senior who had the biggest impact on Mercyhurst’s campus and culture. Moreover, he utilized his platform on the Multicultural Activities Council to carve out space for students of color and bring awareness to the cultural differences that existed on campus. Now a first year student at Villanova University’s School of Law, Jonah looks ahead to a future that exists at the intersection of law, political engagement and economic development. Read more about Jonah here.