HAMPTON, VA. (April 8, 2019) — Coast Guard Pirates, Friends, and Partners, It gives me great pleasure to share with you that HU Senior and Coast Guard Scholarship Recipient Officer Trainee Camarie Rogers recently received the GEM Student Leadership Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference.
“This year, the GEM Student Leadership Award, given at the BEYA STEM Conference, went to Coast Guard Officer Trainee Camarie Rogers, who is in the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI). The CSPI is a scholarship program designed for individuals who demonstrate academic and leadership excellence and who desire to serve their country in the United States Coast Guard.
The GEM Student Leadership Award at the 2019 BEYA STEM Conference was presented by Rear Admiral W. Kelly, assistant commandant for human resources in the Coast Guard, during the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Engineering Deans Power Breakfast. Kelly said Camarie’s “passion for service, giving, and love for others encouraged her to begin her own scholarship foundation, providing support for underprivileged high school students pursuing a degree in the STEM field.” Camarie’s scholarship fund awarded two $500 scholarships to deserving college-bound graduates from her high school in Virginia Beach.
She was selected for a Coast Guard College Student Pre-commissioning Initiative scholarship as a sophomore at Hampton University. As an Officer Trainee in the Coast Guard, Camarie has made presentations to flag and senior Coast Guard Officers on promoting ways to increase diversity and including females within the service. She has inspired a number of others to join programs like the National Naval Officers Association, where she was voted into the position of the Tidewater chapter’s Professional Military Education coordinator. She has also maintained a list of active leadership roles, including Wm. R. Harvey Presidential Fellow, Queen Mentoring Program, Trio Mentor Program, National Council of Negro Women chaplain, Women’s Prayer Circle founder, varsity lacrosse team manager and more.”