First Samella Lewis Scholar Named

A search committee, headed by Denise Nelson Nash ’76, and consisting of faculty, staff, and alumnae had a difficult task ahead when they called for nominations for the inaugural recipient of the Samella Lewis Scholarship at Scripps College. Who could measure up to the scholarship’s namesake -beloved emerita faculty member and leading African-American artist and
arts educator?

In the end, one clear choice emerged: Mychii Snape ’03, a politics and international relations major, gymnast, and,
according to Dean Students Debra Wood, “a high energy, involved, and enthusiastic member of the Scripps community.”

Between her work on the Board of Trusrees Student Affairs Committee, her participation in Residence Hall Council and leadership in Wannawake Weusi–the on-campus African-American student group–and her decision to pursue an accelerated graduation program, completed December 2002, Mychii was the committee’s unanimous winder. (Recently, Mychii learned she has been accepted to Harvard Law School for fall 2003.)

“I am deeply honored to be the first recipient of this award,” said a smiling Snape at the October 3 ceremony, at which
Lewis herself was present. “Chiefly because of what it says others think about me as a person–that I could embody the qualities associated with this phenomenal woman.”

The Samella Lewis Scholarship at Scripps College was created by generous contributions from friends, former students,
and longtime admirers of Dr. Lewis and is designated for an African-Amcrican student who, like Lewis, has demonstrated excellence in character, leadership, and responsibility.