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Umoja Scholar Earns Jackson State Scholarship

With opportunities presented by Long Beach City College’s Umoja Scholars Program, recent graduate Clement Gibson has received a full two-year scholarship from Jackson State University in Mississippi.


The scholarship includes tuition, room and board. Gibson will transfer to Jackson this fall.


As part of the Umoja program, Gibson toured several Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) last fall. Umoja is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African-American students and others through course offerings, social events, college tours and student services.


Gibson said that without Umoja and the HBCU tour, transferring to Jackson State University would not have been a possibility. ?


Gibson said the group also toured Tuskegee University, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, but that Jackson “caught my eye the most because of the environment there,” which was student-oriented, with a lot of student activities and school pride.


Clement, who was born in Monrovia, Liberia, but grew up in Minneapolis, is the first in his family to attend college. He attended North Country Community College in New York on a basketball scholarship, earning an Associate Degree in Business Administration. He moved to Long Beach after an injury left him unable to compete in basketball.


At LBCC, he was involved in the Umoja Scholars Program, DAAP and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, in which he was a club officer. While also working two job, Gibson graduated in June with a 3.5 grade point average, earning an Associate Degree in Communications.


“Clement is an extraordinary student that excels despite any real or perceived limitations in life,” said LBCC Counselor Dr. Erainia Freeman, who worked with Clement on his college and scholarship applications. “I knew the day that I met Clement that he was destined for success by his charismatic personality, commitment to hard work, and dedication for personal as well as academic excellence. He is a phenomenal student.”


Gibson said he plans to major in mass communications Jackson State University.


“I do a lot of screenplay writing and music. I would like to go into film or music,” Gibson said.


For more information about the Umoja Scholars Program, please visit their website or contact Dr. Erania Freeman at or (562) 938-4263.



For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at (562) 938-4353 or (562) 938-4846. For media inquiries, please call (562) 938-4004.