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Meet Our Georgia Women's Policy Institute Scholars (GWPI)

Georgia Women's Policy Institute Scholar - Nichele Washington, C'2025

Nichele WashingtonNichele Washington is a first-year student from Silver Spring, Maryland who graduated in the top 5% of her class with a 4.45 GPA. Upon graduating from John F. Kennedy high school, she received both the Governor’s Merit Award signed by the Governor of Maryland and the President’s Outstanding Academic Excellence Award signed by the current President of the United States. While in high school, Washington started a free tutoring service to help provide additional instruction to local middle and elementary schools in her community during online learning. She also established an online dessert business during the height of the Black Lives Matter Movement in order to donate 10% of the proceeds to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU Racial Justice Program.

As the Service Chair for her school's chapter of the National Honor Society, she established a partnership between John F. Kennedy High School and the non-profit organization Link Generations which sought to (at the height of the pandemic) build connections with isolated older adults in assisted living facilities through letter writing and art. Among her other volunteer efforts includes actions such as organizing prom dress and toiletry giveaways, leading, and presiding over mental health awareness initiatives, and organizing peaceful protests.

In her efforts to become a Civil Rights Lawyer, Nichele has used her love for growth and knowledge to attend Spelman College where she currently majors in Political Science with a concentration in law and minors in philosophy. At Spelman College, she is a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors program and maintains a 4.0 GPA. As a student on the Dean’s List, Nichele has been invited to join Spelman’s honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta as well as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.