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Portrait of Charlie Helms, Jr. Charlie is a Black man with short black hair and beard. He is wearing a navy suit, white shirt and an argyle tie.

Finalist: Charlie Helms, Jr. (Winner)

Charlie is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and is majoring in Computer Science with minors in Mathematics and Arabic Studies.

Charlie is the co-founder and co-president of Black in Technology, professional development chair for the Minority Business Student Alliance, Admissions Ambassador, Co-director intern for Xcel, pre-college mentor for Upward Bound and bioinformatics research assistant with Dr. Alain Laederach, and a Chancellor’s Science Scholar. Similar to Dr. King, Charlie was inspired to make a positive change for his community.

Black in Technology is a computer science organization that fosters mentorship, support and funding for black students who are interested in technology. Charlie co-founded this organization to establish equal opportunities for students in technology at the University. Of the 1,143 students registered as computer science majors, only 6.9% (79) are African American; and he created this organization in order for the 6.9% population to double each year. Black in Technology has worked with companies like Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Facebook, Deloitte, and more to get their members internships and full-time offers at top tech companies. In addition, the organization works to secure academic scholarships for members so they can continue their education in the computer science major.

Portrait of Samuel Ndukwe. Samuel is a Black man with short black hair. He is wearing a black suit and red tie and standing with his arms crossed in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Finalist: Samuel Ndukwe

Samuel is from Raleigh, North Carolina and studying Health Policy and Management.

Samuel is a mentor for the Student National Medical Association Future Leaders in Health Program and the (Fella)ship mentor group. He is a student ambassador for the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Buckley Public Service Scholar. As a Buckley Public Service Scholar, Samuel has addressed Dr. King’s concern with service to all humankind by never turning a blind eye to someone in need. He has studied health equity and disparities that burden families in underprivileged communities and applied this knowledge to medical trips in Honduras where he was able to help establish family clinics and assist doctors with treating families in rural areas.  Samuel ultimately hopes to divert the trajectory of health trends burdening low-income and minority groups and to redefine black male leadership.

Portrait of Amy Yu. Amy is an Asian woman with straight red and black hair. She is smiling outside in front of the Old Well.

Finalist: Amy Yu

Amy is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is studying Biostatistics.

Amy is the co-chair of Linking Immigrants to New Communities, serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Mock World Health Organization, Inc. and is working with a PhD student on a pilot program at UNC Hospitals called the ABC’s of Online School Re-entry.

Amy has worked to address Dr. King’s goal of increasing diversity and inclusion within our nation. In the hopes of helping marginalized immigrant populations overcome linguistic and socio-cultural barriers, she leads a group of inspiring students to teach English classes to recent immigrants and refugees in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community from Peru, Myanmar, Columbia, Germany and Mexico, among other countries. Amy aspires to break barriers to equality and to create equal access to opportunities for all during her time at Carolina and in the future, as a practicing physician.

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