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GSU students win Lexus and Flow scholarships

Two Grambling State University students, Jimmitriv Roberson and LaTerra Smith, have been awarded a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence from the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship.   



“I honestly cannot explain how I felt about winning the scholarship, but to best describe my feelings, I was overjoyed and pleasingly surprised!” Roberson said. “I never thought that I would be chosen to receive such an esteemed award. I am so thankful and grateful to be a recipient of the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship, to represent GSU, and to help me to continue to further my education.”

Roberson, of Arcadia, Louisiana, is a junior majoring in biological sciences. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Triveria Roberson. She is currently vice president of the sophomore class and chair of the Hospitality committee on the Favrot Student Union Board. After graduating from Grambling, she plans to attend medical school and become a family doctor.

Smith, a sophomore chemistry major, of Omaha, Nebraska, is the daughter of June Smith and Wilbur Jackson. She is a member of the Center for Mathematical Achievement in Science and Technology, Favrot Student Union Board, Chemistry Club, Midwest Association Club and Fresh Company Club. After graduation, she plans to become a doctor and surgeon.

“I was up against the best of the best in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) departments at Grambling State University,” Smith said. “To be chosen is not only a humbling experience but a monumental moment in my life. None of it would have been possible without God. I feel like all the good I do is being acknowledged through organizations’ and companies’ willingness to support my post-secondary education endeavors.”



 The scholarship program is presented in partnership with select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and is an expansion of the groundbreaking “Verses and Flow” program, featuring poetry, spoken word and music. Since its inception in 2014, the scholarship program has awarded $180,000 to ambitious students.

“These Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship recipients are accomplished in school and in their communities,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “These young adults are highly motivated and we’re excited to reward them for their efforts. We wish them all the best and know they’ll positively shape and enhance the lives they touch.”

To be considered for the scholarship, students completed an application and submitted a written or video essay detailing how they are community leaders, the importance of community and the benefits of attending an HBCU.

For more information about the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship and a list of the participating HBCUs, please visit