A Look Back at Last Year’s Straight “A” Scholarship Winners!

It’s that day of the week again! This “Where Are They Now Wednesday” will take a look at 2013’s Straight “A” Scholarship winners Shannon Chambers and Rachel Hall. With only two and a half weeks left to nominate students for the Straight “A” Scholarship, some may be thinking “Is this really worth it?” Well, today I am writing to tell you “YES IT IS!”

The 2013 Straight "A" Scholarship winners: Shannon Chambers, from Aiken High School (left), and Rachel Hall, from Saint Ursula Academy (right).

The 2013 Straight “A” Scholarship winners: Shannon Chambers, from Aiken High School (left), and Rachel Hall, from Saint Ursula Academy (right).


For the past eleven years, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has recognized deserving students for their academic excellence, athletic achievement, winning attitude, active role in the community, and overcoming adversity. This scholarship not only helps these students financially, but helps them to achieve their dreams and continue their education.


Shannon Chambers was last year’s male Straight “A” recipient. Hailing from Aiken High School, he is now a freshman Industrial Operations major at the University of Cincinnati. Shannon is not only involved academically, but also a member of many organizations on campus. Some of these clubs include NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, UBSA, United Black Student Association, Transitions, and The Sales Leadership Club. His involvements in these clubs have given Shannon invaluable insight into professional relationships, networking, and effective communication. Shannon has also maintained his friendship with Brandon Prayer, last year’s Scholarship Fund winner, who you will hear more about next “Where Are They Now Wednesday!”

Shannon wanted to give high school students some very wise advice. From the man himself he says, “When I graduated from high school, I did so with a 4.0 GPA. After my first semester here, that dramatically dropped to a 2.5. I want those who will pursue post-secondary to know that it is not the 13th grade, and it requires rigorous effort, time management, and above all, discipline.”

Rachel Hall was last year’s female Straight “A” recipient. Hailing from Saint Ursula High School, she is now a freshman at the Ohio State University, where she is a Hospitality Management major. Rachel has gotten involved with an indoor soccer league and is planning to apply for the Ohio Union Activity Board. “Becoming the Anthony Muñoz Straight A Student of the year has been a tremendous blessing for me and my family,” Rachel says. “I’m so grateful for the opportunities it has given me.”

So there you have if folks, from the winners themselves! Both of these Straight “A” Students are at the Universities of their dreams involving and challenging themselves as they continue forward with their education. Both Shannon and Rachel expressed their gratitude for not only the scholarship itself, but where that scholarship was able to take them. So wherever you are or wherever you want to be, think about how the Foundation’s Straight “A” Scholarship can help get you there!

Nominations for the Straight “A” Scholarship will continue until Friday, February 21st. So if you know any deserving students, make sure to nominate them today!

Click here to nominate a student!


Victoria Sabato

Programs Intern