Alumna Spotight: Paula Novacki, `14
Ever wondered what life after graduation will look like? Meet Paula Novacki!
Hard work, perseverance and dedication is all it took to make this Richard T. Greener’s scholar dream come true.
T’Meira Brown is a 2019 graduate of South Aiken High School in Aiken, South Carolina. In the fall, T’Meria and her twin sister T’Mya will be attending the University of South Carolina majoring in public health. In addition to being an honor graduate, T’Meira is an active volunteer in her community and a student athlete.
T’Meira’s collegiate search began in the summer of 2018 when she attended Summer Seniors with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at South Carolina. Summer Seniors is a residential recruitment program designed to help African American rising high school seniors from South Carolina navigate the college admissions process, learn what it takes to be a successful student and discover what South Carolina has to offer. After the four-day event and connecting with her student leader, Alexis, T’Meira knew she was attending UofSC in the fall.
After making the decision to commit to South Carolina, T’Meira was encouraged to apply for the Richard T. Greener scholarship by previous recipient, Sukanya Bratcher, who told her the benefits of the scholarship and how it helped her through her transition at South Carolina. T’Meira was overwhelmed with emotions when she received the call that she was the 2019 scholarship recipient. This scholarship will help off-set the cost of college for her mother who is a single parent and planning to put two daughters through South Carolina in the fall.
T’Meira has plans to become an OMSA Peer Educator like her student leader Alexis and be active in other clubs and organizations like she was at South Aiken. She has hopes of becoming a resident mentor in the future. Her career ambition is to become a Speech or Physical Therapist and through the public health track, she plans to narrow down her options.
Throughout her high school career T’Meira has been very active, maintaining a 4.625 GPA, and graduating in the top 20 percentile. She was a dual enrolled student through UofSC Aiken where she took college courses directed to her intended major. She was also a varsity cheerleader and track and field athlete.
T’Meira spends her spare time volunteering with soup kitchens, Ronald McDonald House, Millbrook Mentoring, SPCA, Relay for Life, Adopt-A-Highway and assisting elderly adults in her church. She also was involved in Palmetto Girls State and was nominated as a 2018 Senior Fellow Scholar with Presbyterian College. T’Meira also loves reading and knotting blankets, handkerchiefs and scarves in her spare time. Now she looks forward to starting her journey at South Carolina in the fall.
Student for a short time. Gamecock for a lifetime. Forever to thee.
About the Richard T. Greener Scholarship
Since 1983, My Carolina's Black Alumni Council has actively worked to attract bright students to the University of South Carolina by providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have excelled academically. Richard Theodore Greener, the man for whom the scholarship is named, became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University in 1870 and was the first African American faculty member at UofSC in 1873. Donations for the scholarship can be made by visiting MyCarolina.org/Give2Greener