A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Nyra was a third year college student at Tuskegee University (TU). At TU, she majored in Animal, Poultry and Veterinarian sciences with hopes of becoming a Veterinarian. Nyra grew up with a congenital heart disease that she did not allow to determine her goals or experiences in life. She collapsed and later passed away while participating in an on-campus activity October 3, 2019, at the tender age of 20-years-old. Her mother, Terrie Shaw, became a Registered Nurse and worked two jobs to provide Nyra a stable single-parent household and the opportunity to attend the college of her choice. Soon after her daughter's transition, she wanted to honor her memory by supporting students like her—those who do not have the perfect GPA and therefore fly under the radar for a number of scholarships.
To assist students of single parent/guardian households with funds to support their dreams of attending an undergraduate Historically Black College or University (HBCU).
Through this process of giving to others we hope to encourage young adults to continue supporting and giving back to their communities, organizations or charities of their choice as successful young professionals in the world.