The Colored Rocks Foundation recently awarded 15 stellar students the Colored Rocks Prize — cash prizes awarded annually to senior male students of color attending Georgia high schools.
Out of the 15 awardees, three are choosing to further their education outside the state of Georgia at MIT, Johns Hopkins University and Dartmouth College. But acclaimed Georgia schools such as Morehouse College, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia and more captured the interests of the remaining recipients.
Alex Grady, Newton High School’s valedictorian and the Colored Rock Prize top winner, was recognized for his work with elementary school children and creating enjoyable math games and activities to get kids interested in arithmetic early. Grady plans to attend Georgia Tech.
Second place went to Donnie Pulliam, a Statesboro High School student, who chose to make a difference by acquainting prisoners and high school dropouts with his peers to motivate them and strengthen their will to succeed. Pulliam plans to attend Morehouse.
The third place award belonged to Shaun Verma of Milton High School, a student who took charge by creating a non-profit website called MDJr.org to bring global health initiatives to economically stifled neighborhoods. Verma plans to attend John Hopkins University.
The goal of the Colored Rocks Foundation is to award deserving, high achieving students committed to helping their peers achieve their high school diplomas. The foundation aims to reverse the overwhelming numbers of young men of color who become high school dropouts in Georgia.