Meet the 2020 Beau Biden Scholarship Recipients
Jacqueline Means is an accomplished, innovative and intelligent young woman of many talents. Jacqueline recognized a deficiency in her Wilmington academic community and founded the Wilmington Urban STEM Initiative for Girls designed to (in her own words), “inspire young, impoverished girls to participate in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] in an innovative, fun, and academically inspiring way”.
Jacqueline has accomplished many things since becoming a 2020 Beau Biden Scholarship recipient including being crowned Miss Delaware Teen, and she has appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show and Access Hollywood to showcase her fun and engaging experiments and passion for young girls in her community who want to pursue a future in STEM.
As a high school student at the Sanford School in Hockessin Delaware, Greg Fleming was actively involved in student government and ascended to the highest ranks of leadership within the Boy Scouts before enrolling at Georgetown University, after his graduation from high school in 2020.
Greg chaired a school organization known as The Situation Room, which he credits with much of his education about government and politics, “[I] learned a great deal about government and politics, as well as how to civilly discuss controversial topics . . . to create a place where any student can feel respected, regardless of their political beliefs or prior knowledge.”
After graduating from Sussex Academy, Allison Dayton began attending Gettysburg College, and in May of 2021 she completed her freshman year with the distinction of being named an Eisenhower Scholar. Allison was described by one of her teachers as “one of the sharpest, most meticulous, and dependable individuals whom I have ever worked.” Driven by her kindness and empathy, Allison would exemplify her leadership by serving warm meals to individuals experiencing homelessness in her local community.
At Gettysburg College, Allison has volunteered with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, and contributed to her school’s newspaper The Gettysburgian. She is also a Peer Learning Associate in the Gettysburg Department of Public Policy and currently preparing to compete for the role of Miss Delaware 2021.
2020 Scholarship Recipient
2020 Beau Biden Scholarship recipient Greg Fleming is currently enrolled at Georgetown University. He is currently active in a program that works with children from local Washington D.C. schools to promote literacy called “D.C. Reads” and Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union (GUASFCU), the not-for-profit financial institution at Georgetown University. He credits the I Could Do Great Things Foundation with “assisting [him] in [his] educational pursuits” including his studies in the McDonough School of Business and Georgetown’s liberal arts core curriculum.
2018 Scholarship Recipient
2018 Beau Biden Scholarship recipient Delaney Doran has found a new passion in environmental engineering with a focus on water quality and resources at the University of Delaware. As a member of the Honors College, Delaney has qualified for the Dean’s List every semester thus far. As an undergraduate intern for the University of Delaware Water Resources Center has allowed Delaney to study the quality of water flowing into the Brandywine River. Beginning in the summer of 2021, Delaney will be working as a student researcher to observe and study the impact of rising sea levels on soil properties and characteristics. In her own words, “I am incredibly thankful for the [I Could Do Great Things] family and their generosity; the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship has enabled me to fully immerse myself in my studies, extracurricular activities, and personal growth. I am very excited to see where my future goals will take me!”
2017 Scholarship Recipient
2017 Beau Biden Scholarship recipient Alex Russo graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. in May of 2021 with a Master in Public Administration and Policy after completing his undergraduate degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) in May of 2020. At American University Alex served as the Vice President of College Democrats and his fraternity, as well as the Judicial Board Chair of Student Government. Alex was an intern for Pennsylvania Congressional Representative Dwight Evans on Capital Hill as well as the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and Kaiser Permanente. Presently, Alex is working as the Special Assistant to the Director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help protect consumers from financial harm.
2018 Scholarship Recipient
2018 Beau Biden Scholarship recipient Nicole Kennedy is a rising senior at the University of Delaware. She will graduate in May of 2022 with her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Spanish Studies. She is also working on her Master of Public Administration through the 4+1 Program. As a Community Engagement Scholar, she is pursuing an academic program that prepares students for lives as engaged citizens. From her service as a Public Policy intern with the School Offence Diversion Program at the Delaware Center for Justice to her contributions as a research assistant with the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy, Nicole has found her passion of combining activism and direct services to bring about meaningful change in communities. She has also been able to partake in the policy process at the federal level during her time as a Congressional Intern for the Office of Senator Chris Coons. Nicole is excited to see where the future takes her after graduation and plans to continue collaborating for change that will impact her home state of Delaware.