The footprints that lead to a pathway of giving! About Nyra...
"It's nothing like being around like-minded people; I would definitely recommend an HBCU!"
Our services and programs to support and sustain student's future!
A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Nyra was a third-year college student at Tuskegee University (TU). At TU, she majored in Animal, Poultry and Veterinary sciences with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. Nyra grew up with a congenital heart disease that she did not allow to determine her goals or experiences in life. She was actively participating in events to help her choose a sorority she felt a connection to. While participating in a biggest loser event for a sorority she collapsed and later passed away on October 3, 2019, at the tender age of 20-years-old. Her mother, Terrie Shaw, a Registered Nurse, worked two jobs to provide Nyra a stable single-parent household and the opportunity to attend the college of her choice. Only months after the passing of Nyra is when Terrie found her passion for helping other young adult scholars experience what Nyra felt was one of the best times of her life— being an adult without the responsibilities of being an adult! Terrie wanted to honor her memory by supporting students like her—those who do not have the perfect GPA and therefore fly under the radar for several scholarships, but still can have an opportunity for a successful college.
While the college experience is valuable no matter where you attend, the Nyra Renee Shaw-Hemphill Memorial Scholarship Fund is intended to help guide high school students to and through Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Nyra comes from a lineage of HBCU graduates from Bluefield College, Shaw University, Morehouse College, Fisk University, Tuskegee University, Howard University, and Tennessee State University. It was inevitable that an HBCU would be her school of choice because it was ingrained in her at an early age. At the Nyra Renee Shaw-Hemphill Memorial Scholarship Fund, we encourage the HBCU experience for graduating seniors. HBCU’s have a unique approach to personal development by promoting high self-esteem, scholastic standards and campus involvement. HBCU’s also offer unique educational strategies such as small class sizes and inclusive admissions processes. The wisdom, experiences and development gained through the four-year HBCU journey is carried with students for life.
Only months after the passing of my daughter is when I found my passion for helping other young adult scholars experience what Nyra felt was one of the best times of her life— being an adult without the responsibilities of being an adult! A friend asked Nyra about her experience in college and she wrote back saying, "It's REALLY an experience...it's nothing like being around like-minded people; I never feel out of place or anything. The teachers are really there for you and want you to succeed. They provide so many opportunities and guidance that your pathway is paved right in front of you, and the school spirit is crazzzzy, well at least at Tuskegee! I would definitely recommend an HBCU!"
So, for students interested in HBCUs don't just take it from me, take it from Nyra! I do this for students, and I DO IT FOR NYRA!
-Terrie, Nyra's Mom & Scholarship Founder
Mentoring- NRS-H matches an adult mentor with a similar degree or job interest to a student. NRS-H Memorial Foundation will setup 2 distinct mentoring programs:
Financial Literacy- Host financial education programs so students will understanding student loans , grants and scholarships. They will grasp what job benefits, retirement and banking means to their future.
Emergency Assistance- When a student need extra assistance with housing, books, travel etc.
Internship Housing – Help juniors or seniors find housing for short or long term internships
College Fair –Host college fairs by partnering with historical black colleges and universities.
Sponsor college tour- Assist students interested in a college tour by sponsoring students or hosting a college tour.