nbef_fulbright_awardWhen Emmanuel Johnson was awarded the Richard H. Brown Scholarship at NBEF’s Third Annual Gala in June 2009 he was just beginning to hit his stride toward respectable academic achievement. In fact, he was definitely “on the rebound” from a below average performance through his junior year.


Emmanuel worked extremely hard during his senior year at New Brunswick High School. He was focused and determined to defy the odds and make his family, school, community and, most importantly, himself proud.


AND MAKE US PROUD HE DID … Emmanuel Johnson graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC on May 11, 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and minor in Philosophy. Moreover, he further distinguished himself as a “Fulbright Scholar,” which is one of most prestigious awards of scholarship in the world!


As a Fulbright awardee, which operates in over 155 countries providing highly competitive merit based grants for the international exchange of students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad, Emmanuel will be fully funded to pursue a Master’s degree in robotics at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He begins this exciting journey this September.



Throughout his tenure at North Carolina A&T State University, Emmanuel received a host of other scholarships and recognitions including the Intel Scholar, Anheuser Busch Better World Scholar, General Mills Technology Scholar, General Motor MES Scholar, Google Scholar, Hall Scholar, Wal-Mart First Generation Scholar, Northrop Grumman Scholar and GE African American Forum Scholar. He also served in various leadership roles such as President of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Chancellor’s Academic Review Commission, and the Regional Board of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). In addition, during summer breaks from his studies at A&T, he conducted research twice at the University of Michigan and once at Carnegie Mellon.


What’s even more special about Emmanuel is that he continued to “give back” to his community as a student leader in NBEF’s College Network, participated on the New Brunswick Public School District’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Advisory Board, and often visited classrooms at New Brunswick High School to motivate students. He also remained in close contact with his NBEF Scholarship donors — Richard H. and Christine Brown, Gregory and Anna Louise Brown, and family.


Ultimately, Emmanuel plans to obtain a doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and use his expertise to build a comprehensive robotics program that impacts inner-city youth. Proud we are … Zebra Pride!!!