MMHMF Scholarship Recipient
BRANDON D. BAUGH
2012 MMHMF Scholarship Recipient
“Distinguished Honors Student”
“Active Church Member”
This fall, Brandon entered North Carolina A&T to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering. An avid lover of sports from an early age, Brandon has a keen interest in helping people maximize their athletic abilities. By specializing in the development of therapeutic techniques, devices and sporting equipment, he plans to focus on decreasing the occurrence of injuries through improved safety mechanisms.
As a student at Matoaca High School in Chesterfield, Brandon’s achievements and activities demonstrate that education and active participation in community are of equal importance to athletics. In addition to his participation in basketball and track (where he helped his school to become the Track Central District Champions in 2010), Brandon was a member of: the Distinguished Honor Roll; the DECA Leadership Conference; the Key Club; and the Boy Scouts of America (earned Eagle Scout rank, was selected to the Order of the Arrow, and earned two Palms). He is a member of the Union Branch Baptist Church Missions Ministry and the Youth Ushers Ministry. Brandon is very “community-minded” and service-oriented. He was involved in numerous community projects as a volunteer during his high school years and was employed at TJ Maxx as a sales associate.
We applaud Brandon for an outstanding record. We are pleased to invest in his promising future and believe in his potential to contribute much more to both his community and society.
Acknowledging the crucial role of parenting in the development of our youth, we extend our congratulations to Brandon’s mother, Crystal D. Baugh for a job well done.
2012 Scholarship Recipient
Brandon wrote: “College life is totally different from high school. Before entering college, I had to decide what I was going to major in, in order to receive the curriculum to register for classes. Therefore, I selected Bio Medical Engineering as my major although my desire has always been to major in Sports Medicine/Physical Therapy. My first semester I obtained a 3.0 GPA but I knew it was going to get harder and harder with all the math and sciences that were part of the Engineering major. Before the end of the second semester, I had made up my mind to follow my dreams and passion to obtain a degree involving sports, in which I had been an athlete since the age of 7. At the end of the 2013/2014 school year, my overall GPA was 2.8.
Although, there was an academic challenge for me during my freshman year, I also had to adjust to several lifestyle changes such as living arrangements, food, and lack of personal transportation. Before I moved on campus, I was given the name of my roommate, his phone number and where he was from. I was so use to having my own space and not sharing a room with anyone. Having to share a room with someone, made me appreciate what I had left back home, my own room, TV, etc. The food in the cafeteria was okay, but it was nothing like my mom and grandma’s home cooking. As far as transportation, the university provided the shuttle to take us from class to class and the public transit system was available free with my college ID but with a time schedule. At home, I was able to drive my mother or grandmother’s vehicle to travel from place to place.
Also, I had to become more independent quickly. While in high school, my mom would get up at 6:00 am for work and would wake me up by 6:15 in order for me to catch the bus by 6:45 a.m. But during my first year, I had to set my alarm clock and manage my time wisely in order for me to attend class on time. I’ve also learned that the professors are not as lenient as my former high school teachers, therefore, it was up to me to set aside time to study for test and complete my lessons/homework.
My first year of college at North Carolina A&T was not easy, but I have the determination to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine/Physical Therapy within four years. Hopefully, I will be able to enter Graduate School to receive my Master’s Degree, and one day become an owner of a physical therapy business.”