Food Lion awarded Miss Claflin University, Shantavia Edmonds, with its coveted 2019 Miss CIAA crown this month, along with a $2,500 scholarship at the CIAA Fan Fest inside the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Edmonds is a junior biochemistry major and a member of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College.
“I am so thankful to Food Lion, Claflin College and my parents for supporting me in this competition,” Edmonds said during an interview immediately after being crowned. “My hope is to use this new designation to talk about food insecurity that not only exist on campus but in our community. I really want to set up a pantry on campus.”
She is a member of the honors council and serves as the secretary of Claflin’s Young Democrats of America. She is also an active member in the community, and served as a tutor for Jerusalem Baptist Church. She also was Miss Garden City Teen (2015-2016).
Edmond has worked as a pharmacy technician in Orangeburg, South Carolina and conducted research at the University of Virginia. She is a native of Rowesville, S.C., and is the daughter of James and Joyce Edmonds.
The Food Lion Miss CIAA Scholarship Competition winners are given scholarships based on their GPA, a community profile video on alleviating hunger, school involvement, interview, essay and online popular vote. In addition to Edmonds, Food Lion also awarded its first-runner up distinction to Miss Chowan University, Alexis Burke.
Burke also received the most popular vote out of all 12 schools, which means that Food Lion Feeds will donate $2,000 to the Food Bank of the Albemarle in her name to alleviate hunger in the local community. This is the second year in a row where Miss Chowan University has won the most popular votes and a check to donate to her local food bank. The second-runner of was Christina Harris from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The CIAA is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II athletic conference consisting mostly of historically African-American institutions of higher education.
This article originally appeared in the Charleston Chronicle.