Mansfield ISD Magazine Fall 2018 | Page 19

Powe said he will forever be grateful to Beyoncé and Jay-Z for helping him with his future plans. MISD STUDENT RECEIVES $100K SCHOLARSHIP FROM MEGA CELEBRITIES A t the age of 3, Shaykeim Powe and his younger brother began living with their great-aunt. His mother, who was a teenage mom, could no longer afford to care for them, and their dad did not play an active role in their lives. seats to the mega artists’ concert on Sept. 11 at the AT&T Stadium. One of them was going to win a $100,000 scholarship that Beyoncé and Jay-Z give away at their concert to a deserving student. When Powe heard his name announced by DJ Khaled as the $100,000 scholarship winner, he screamed with excitement knowing the impact it would have on his life. Both of his parents never graduated high school or attended college, and he was determined all his life to not suffer the same fate. “If I didn’t get the scholarship, I’d probably turn out a whole lot different,” Powe explained. “I know with the scholarship, I’ll be able to pay for all my classes and college and pay for my books and dorms and stuff.” To stay on the right path, Powe joined the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington in 2009. He held several leadership roles in his tenure and participated in programs that taught him how to steer clear of drugs, alcohol and other dangerous activities. Officials from the Boys and Girls Club helped to pick the grand prize winner and gave $25,000 scholarships to five other finalists. The 17-year-old was excited when he thought about his future. However, there was one obstacle in the way—money. Powe’s great- aunt worked very hard to take care of the household, but she would not be able to afford to pay for his higher education. Powe said he is extremely grateful to Beyoncé and Jay-Z. He plans to attend the University of Houston and receive a bachelor’s degree through the school’s American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter program. Little did the Summit High School senior know that his life was about to change overnight by the hands of celebrity power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The teenager said he chose that career field because there are many areas where interpreters are needed in the deaf community and he understands the need for minority male interpreters. Powe and 19 other Boys and Girls Club of Arlington members received VIP front row 16 M A NSFIELD ISD.O RG