Nakeida Duncan, majoring in Business and Human Resources, is a DiversityJobs Scholarship Finalist

[I] chose my major (Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Human Resources) because I thoroughly enjoy being a problem solver. I like having all the answers. I have worked in the Human Resources field for quite some time and I have found that the personnel that run such departments are leaned on heavily by their respective corporations. In short, I like being the “go to guy”. Having a degree in Business will also offer me the versatility I will need to climb the corporate ladder. If I ever grow tired of one particular concentration, I can try something else that is more challenging but still under the business umbrella. 

I have overcome many obstacles while attempting to further my formal education. I initially started when I was a Private serving on active duty in the Army. I was told that a degree would be a could way to advance through the ranks and so I signed up for school the very next day. I had only finished one course when I received news that I would be deployed. Upon my return from Iraq I started my education again. I made it through about five courses before I found out that I was pregnant. I developed a severe and very serious condition called pre eclampsia which ultimately resulted in me going into pre term labor. I took a short leave of absence to watch over my very sick child. She eventually died and I went back to school immediately so that I could continue my education. 

Graduating with this degree will mean everything to me. Although I could probably get a job with my work experience, I do not want just a job, I want a career. I do not want my lack of formal education to prohibit me from advancing in any career path I may choose. Once I graduate, I will be the first in my entire family to have a college education. Many have started but none have finished. The moral of my story is that I have fallen, stumbled, tripped, but somehow I have always found a way to get back up and never quit. I know many people that have gone through similar situations and they used it as an excuse to give up on life. I choose to use my experiences as building blocks for my path to success.

DiversityJobs.com’s scholarship program is proud to announce Nakeida Duncan as one of the finalists for its December 2012 application deadline. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.



  • I’m sorry to hear all you have gone through on your way to your dream career, but I wish you the best. Good luck and keep pushing forward!

  • Your story caused an outcry from my heart in which I could not ignore your plight. Try to understand, although your marketing skills landed my attention; another member also had gained my vote for stimulating my heart. Please forgive me for I was hard pressed because you both are Phoenix Warriors!

    May the Lord Our God bring forth prosperity unto you; in spirit, health, and for His glory!

  • Resilience is the key word, continue push through all of the challenges and setbacks and you will be a success. I really hope you win.

  • Thank you for sharing your story and for being resilient through adversity. Thank you for your service to this country and thank you for being an inspiration to your family and others.

  • Nakeida, I am at a loss for words but would like to encourage you. Your testimony is inspiring. Good luck and continue to share your story.

  • With all the obstacles you have faced you could have easily given up it shows how strong you are and motivates others to never give up on what you believe in I wish you the best your definitely deserving of this scholarship.

  • I know you will achieve all that you desire. Your story proves that if you work hard you can be what you want in this life. I salute you.

  • Perseverance is always the key when the going gets tougher than we ever imagined. Go you for sticking in for the long haul.

  • NaKeida, Good Luck to you, you desearve it. You have overcame so much. You are strong and your story will inspire others to never give up, because of the adversities through life.

  • I am so proud to be you big sister, you have come so far. You were always smart. The past couple of years have been a true test of FAITH and through it all you have managed to overcome it.. Your attitude towards life is so beautiful. I wish I could have been more of an inspiration for you to look up to, but truth is your my inspiration…I remember the time you had to leave for Iraq and stop school..I made sure I answered no matter the time.. Or when you had Surgery, I caught Greyhound to be by your side. God does everything for a reason, It’s been over a year since you lost Autumn and instead of being depressed in sadness, you fought through and now your on this list of nominations.. Your so deserving of this scholarship and I will be proud to say that my baby sister is the first in our family to finish college..Maybe once you finish, you can guide me in the right direction to get my schooling back on track and finish..Thank you for being such a inspiration…..

  • Nakeida, you have come so far and really have a great testimony to tell others that may think they cant make it through their situation that they can. Im proud of you and want you to keep reaching for the stars.

  • It is with great pleasure to speak on behalf of Nakeida Duncan. I have grown to appreciate the unique qualities which set Nakeida apart from others. Although there are many, the qualities that stand out the most is her dedication, her desire to succeed, and her hard work ethics. Although we all may stumble upon unexpected obstacles in life, Nakeida does not allow those obstacles to be a crutch, but rather lessons learned and knowledge gained. She has shown that learning and growing is important in her life, and that any project or task, that is worth doing, is worth doing efficiently and effectively. Her strength and motivation to continue her success beyond the Army, which I applaud her service, speaks volumes. It is for these reasons and countless others that I recommend Nakeida Duncan as a recipient for this scholarship.

  • Growing up in a large family means there is always a cousin or two nearby. In my case it was more like 7 or 8, but you were always in the number. Being able to call you my friend as an adult means even more. You have experienced one of life’s most tragic happenings and still manage to somehow possess one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen. Congratulations on all that is heading your way. I just love ya!!

  • Nakeida is an exellent candidae for this scholarship and I’m behind her receiving it 100%. Anyone who furthers their education is a qualified applicant. Best wishes.

  • Nakeida I’m proud of you for still pushing threw all the diversity that came your way. Keep the faith & watch GOD see you threw.

  • Nakeida your a really good as well as strong young lady who has been through lots of difficult obstacles in life that was needed to make you as strong as you are today I wish you the best of luck through out your life and career you really deserve this scholarship

  • Success is not final, failure is not final: it is the Kurds to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill
    This is another step in Nakeida’s journey, she will not let you down if chosen for this scholarship. She is a strong minded person how doesn’t see failure as a option, best of luck Nakeida.

  • You are such an over-comer and we need more role models like you. You’re always so optimistic, friendly and bubbly and I can honestly say that I’ve never heard you complain. Coming from the small town where we grew up it’s always great to see my peers striving toward excellence. Please keep up the great work as you pursue your goals.

  • I wish u the best of luck I have known u since we were babies, you deserve this and your a fighter claim it and its yours in Jesus name 🙂 keep pushing all your hard work will pay off ….

  • Your story is very moving, and it’s great that you, as a black woman, have been through so much and have came out the other side stronger. May you use these experieces in your life and use them as inspiration for other young women out there.

  • I think its wonderful that you are furthering your education and not letting obstacles of life get you down keep shining its going to pay off in the infam.

  • I am wanted to say congratulations on being a finalist, and I am very proud of you. We all know just as anything else in your life, that this is only the beginning for great things to come.

  • I must admit god sis I am very proud of you your not only a role model but you bring great inspiration to us all, you never stopped or gave up after all you have been threw I know you will continue your education to make yourself and family happy keep striving sis all that you can be your essay was excellent not jus cause your my sis but it was very touching and straight from your heart to me!!!!!!!

  • Very uplifting! And as Nakeida stated, many people use their setbacks as excuses instead of lights to a brighter path. There is always someone watching, and sharing personal triumphs often inspire others to go farther than they would have. God bless you and continue to be an inspiration!

  • I feel Nakeida is the perfect candidate for the scholarship. She has overcome many obstacles that would have made an ordinary women give up. Nakeida is an extraordinary individual. She has perseverance, integrity and maturity. From personal experience i know what it’s like to have everything under the sun go wrong while trying to further your education. But there is no greater feeling knowing you can pay for your education because you have been selected to receive a scholarship. And that’s why I’m voting for Nakeida!

  • Nakeida has stood tall when most people would
    have taken a chance to fall. Perseverance is one of her best attributes. With
    all that she has been through, she shows us that there is no reason to quit…ever!
    Onward and upward.

  • May God bless you in your future endeavours. You are very deserving of all honors. You make us all proud, your strength and positive attitude resonates through that bright smile.

  • I am most proud of your initiative to succeed your will to gather yourself and understand your place in society . I would like to thank you for your time served in the United States Army your deacation to America so we could be at peace . I’ve watched you carry life and prayed with you through the early birth of your daughter I prayed for you during the death of that precious angel I asked God to heal your heart and ease your pain . I am excited that you have found a new journey and wish you much sucees. All the sacifies that you have made are not going unnoticed you deserve this scholarship . KEEP HELPING AND LOVING PEOPLE

  • In life we all have been, and all will be faced with new and provocative challenges. I am proud that you choose not only to rise to these challenges, but to conquer them in a delightfully unique manner. As an associate you are straightforward and loyal. As a person, you are genuine and true. As my best friend you are stimulating and loving. I pray you best wishes now and in future endeavors.

  • Nakeida keep on pushing & don’t ever give up… God never brings you to what he won’t bring you through… Good Luck friend…

  • I am so happy that I had an opportunity to know you. I truly admire your determination to further your education. Good luck!

  • Nakeida I am so proud of u.. You have been threw so much and still manage to smile and stay positive. Even with the lost of your child I never seen someone stay that strong. God bless fam and I will be praying for u to win this cause u deserve it hands down.. Love ya!!!

  • I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors…you’re very talented and deserving of this scholarship.

  • I so proud of you with all that you been through you are a true definition of a strong black women an you deserve to have this scholarship! Good luck on accomplishing your goals and don’t let nothing stop you

  • You are a great person to be around. Through all of your trials and tribulations, you always stayed positive and kept pushing to accomplish your goals. You are a caring, lovable, humble, and loyal friend. You work hard for everything that you have. I know that you are the perfect candidate for the scholarship.

  • First and foremost, Congratulations! I love how you have taken your upbringing and obstacles and turned them into motivation. I know all too well on being the first to go, let alone to be able to FINISH College. I wish you nothing but the best in all of your endeavors.

  • Nakeida is an inspiration to those around her. She inspires me to be a better student and not to settle for less than my best. I met her at the University of Phoenix and have worked on various assignments with her along the way. She is dedicated to learning and has a mind that can move mountains. She is creative, innovative, and inspirational. She deserves this scholarship!

  • Nakedia aka Pooh deserves this scholarship because she has been through many obstacles in her life, and she didn’t give up . If you give her this scholarship you won’t regret it.

  • How you deal with your setbacks determine what you are made of. I’m proud of you that you have a desire not just for a JOB, but a career! I wish you well in all that you do. You are also an inspiration for your family members because of your drive. May God continue to bless you!

  • I’ve known you for some time now so I can say that you are very hard working and take pride in all that you do. You have been through a lot, but the obstacles you have come across you didn’t let them get in your way you continued to push forward. I commend you for all you have done and all you continue to do. I know I haven’t told you this, but you are one of the people I look up to. Keep pushing forward.

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