Wiley senior Adam McClelland-Orr named has been named a Hercules Scholar by the Tom Joyner Foundation. McClelland-Orr was named a Hercules Scholar by the Tom Joyner Foundation during the Thursday, February 11, 2016, broadcast of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," a nationally syndicated daily radio show that airs in 115 markets. The foundation has designated Wiley College as its "School of the Month" for February.
As a Hercules Scholar, McClelland-Orr will receive a $1,500 scholarship from the foundation, and his photo and profile will be featured on the Tom Joyner Foundation website and social media platforms. He is one of four male students who will be featured as a Hercules Scholar during the month of February. Scholars who are selected must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and be young men of strong character
Adam shares his story below:
Greetings. My name is Adam McClelland-Orr. My hometown is Detroit, Michigan. I am a senior at Wiley majoring in Computer Information Systems. My career goals include pursuing a career as an audio engineer and composer.
I am completely infatuated with music and I was blessed enough to attend Wiley College on a full-ride music scholarship to play the tuba and piano for various music programs and organizations on campus, including the A Cappella Choir and the Department of Music. We had a jazz band for a couple of years and I played for that. I also play for a polka band off campus, and this helps me keep my chops up.
I am influenced by every person that I come across. I am a keen observer, and I absorb knowledge from people who can help me grow, and discard what I learn from negative influences.
I didn’t have a motto until my Dad passed away last November. Going through every picture and memory that we shared made me think of how he lived his life.
He never gave up, even when facing adversity, even when he was exhausted. He is my hero. So, that is my motto, “Never give up.”
When I finish school and begin to pursue my career, I will apply my motto. It will lead me to success. And with that success, I will support my hometown and my alma mater.
I want every future student at Wiley to have a hundred times the experience that I had. I refuse to not do my part to ensure my HBCU lives for another 143 years.
Less than a month after completing her studies in December at Wiley College, Krystal Watson has begun a three-month internship with the American Bar Association, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, in Washington, D.C. During her internship, Watson will perform research and assist in monitoring legal and legislative developments on various civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues. She will attend congressional hearings, meetings of civil rights and civil liberties organizations and coalitions, and other events involving civil rights issues. She will also have the opportunity to gain professional experience in social media relations by assisting with the section’s communications to its constituents on its social media platforms.
Watson majored in criminal justice at Wiley College. During her time at the College, she excelled academically while participating in co-curricular activities including serving as president of her class, as well as serving as president of the Wiley chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. During her junior year, Watson received a $20,000 Anthony Anderson Scholarship on stage at the UNCF Evening of the Stars telecast on BET. She will complete her internship with the ABA in late April and return to Marshall, Texas, to march with her class during commencement on Saturday, May 7. After graduation, she will work as a probation officer while attending law school.