Twelve FAMU Students To Participate in Goldman Sachs Market Madness Program

January 07, 2022
Lee Hall
Twelve FAMU Students To Participate in Goldman Sachs Market Madness Program

A dozen Florida A&M University (FAMU) students were selected to participate in the Goldman Sachs Market Madness: HBCU Possibilities Program this spring.

The FAMU students, who were among more than 500 applicants, will participate in an immersive, semester-long crash course in key financial concepts. FAMU students will join students from 11 other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Alcorn State University, Delaware State University, Fisk University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Spelman College and Texas Southern University.

“We are extremely excited about the selection of 12 FAMU students to participate in the Goldman Sachs Market Madness: HBCU Possibilities Program,” said President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. “Students will learn lifelong skills, including teamwork, and will be further inspired to succeed.” 

The students will be assigned to teams to compete in a case study competition on FAMU’s behalf for a chance to win an institutional grant, with a top prize of up to $1 million. Based on the number of confirmed students, FAMU will have three teams in the competition.

The experience will be enriched through mentorship, networking, and a $10,000 financial stipend for successfully completing the program, according to Ja’Mes Atkins, a Diversity Recruiting executive with Goldman Sachs. The program will kick off on January 19 and conclude with the final round of the case study competition during the week of April 25.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business & Industry (SBI) and vice president for University Advancement. “Participating in Goldman Sachs’ program opens up a world of possibilities for them.”

Student Participants

Freddie Brinson, sophomore, Business Administration, Seffner, Fla.

Le’Naya Coates, junior, Business Administration, Palm Coast, Fla.

Caitlyn Harris, junior, Business Administration, Port Orange, Fla.

Jazmine Hughes, freshman, Business Administration, Seneca, S.C.

Mailo Johnson, sophomore, Business Administration, Dunedin, Fla.

Trinity Lawrence-Williams, junior, Business Administration, Auburn Hills, Michigan

Kenyana McCray, junior, Business Administration, Jacksonville, Fla.

Demi Pointer, freshman, Business Administration, Collierville, Tennessee

Nyla Sams, sophomore, Business Administration, Old Westbury, New York

Margaret Sarpong, freshman, Social Sciences Arts and Humanities, Riverview, Fla.

Solomon Smith, sophomore, Business Administration, Ocoee, Fla.

Amyia White, sophomore, Business Administration, Rienzi, Mississippi