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Students from 2 Atlanta colleges win ‘Lexus Verses and Flow’ scholarship

Host of 'Lexus Verses and Flow' Laz Alonso and HBCU students (Photo source: Verses and Flow (@versesandflow) via Instagram)
Host of ‘Lexus Verses and Flow’ Laz Alonso and HBCU students (Photo source: Verses and Flow (@versesandflow) via Instagram)

Amid the fifth season of TV One’s “Lexus Verses and Flow,” the spoken word show has announced the 16 recipients of its 2015 scholarship awards, with four winners being from Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University.

The scholarship program, which was launched last year, partners with select HBCUs to give $5,000 to college students who are leaders in their community and demonstrate academic excellence. Since last year, the scholarship has awarded $180,000 to well-deserving scholars.

“These Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship recipients are accomplished in school and in their communities,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “These young adults are highly motivated and we’re excited to reward them for their efforts. We wish them all the best and know they’ll positively shape and enhance the lives they touch.”

To enter to win the scholarship, students had to submit an application, along with a video or essay detailing what they do to help serve their community and why attending an HBCU is important.

Here is the list of recipients for the 2015 Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship:

  • Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) – Akilah Grace and Zachary Nevels
  • Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL) – Shanice Cooke and Erica Jone
  • Grambling State University (Grambling, LA) – Jimmitriv Roberson and LaTerra Smit
  • Hampton University (Hampton, VA) – ZaMari Love and Malikah Saafi
  • Howard University (Washington D.C.) – Allyson Carpenter and Carmin Wong
  • LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, TN) – Jamarco Lang and Alexis Moore
  • North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro, NC) – Destiny Dawson and Malcolm Howard
  • Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) – Kayla Dean and Kiara Hill

“Lexus Verses and Flow,” hosted by Laz Alonso, allows some of the most talented spoken word artists to get on stage and entertain. Many celebrities have participated as well, such as Jussie Smollett, Jazmine Sullivan, Assasin, Avery Sunshine, B.o.B, Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michele, Estelle, Leela James, Melanie Fiona, Raekwon, and Sevyn Streeter.

For more information on the scholarship, visit

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