2023 Wilfandel Scholarship Recipients
In June of 2023 The Wilfandel Club awarded five deserving students $5,000 each, a crystal trophy, and a bag full of college essentials. The recipients were honored at our annual Scholarship and Induction Breakfast meeting and had the opportunity to introduce themselves. We believe these students each represent the virtues of The
Wilfandel Club including outstanding character, commitment to civic betterment, and pursuit of higher education. We are honored to have been able to provide these students with some financial assistance as they pursue their academic endeavors.
To learn more about the recipients, read about their high school achievements below:
Anya Louise Nelson- New Roads ( Class of 2023)
Anya Nelson exudes academic excellence. As a graduating senior at New Roads, she was the President of the Human Rights Watch Student Taskforce, President of the Black Student Union, and Team Captain of Speech and Debate. Anya has also won many academic awards in her school’s Social Science and English department, and UCLA Best Attorney at the UCLA Mock Trial Summer Session. In addition, she is a three-time California High School Speech Association State Championship Qualifier. Anya has given 40+ hours of volunteer work to her school as well as serving at various local animal rescue organizations and Kindred Space LA. In the fall Anya is committed to furthering this excellence at Stanford University where she will study Political Science.
Brayden Jewell Dillion- Washington Preparatory High School (Class of 2023)
Brayden Dillion is a driven entrepreneur with a passion for art. During his time at Washington Preparatory High School, he lived up to the title “student-athlete” while he was the shooting guard for the school's varsity basketball team and on the honor roll. In Brayden's free time, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels, The Union Rescue Mission, and on Skid Row in DowntownLA. Brayden is known for being creative, he is the creator and owner of bj bracelets and Thirteen Apparel and plans to combine his love for jewelry with fashion. In the fall, Brayden plans to attend Clark Atlanta University where he will major in business entrepreneurship with a minor in either art or design.
Cadence Grace Callahan- The Archer School for Girls (Class of 2023)
Cadence Callahan is a talented and award-winning filmmaker. Through her time at Archer, she has won many awards for her films such as The Best High Impact Film Award for the
Unfinished Work: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival 2022. Cadence was also an active leader on campus as she served as the Exec board/Artistic Manager for the Black Student
Union, Voices (opinions) Editor for The Oracle, and Exec Board/ Treasurer for Best Buddies. Aside from creating amazing films and her campus involvement, Cadence also engages with her community on various volunteer projects. While balancing her day-to-day life Cadence also held three part-time jobs as a Starbucks Barista, Progressive Behavioral Therapy Office Intern, and The Representation Project Research Coder/ Intern. Cadence plans to further her studies in screenwriting at Chapman University.
Hunter Douglas Langley- Dorsey High School (Class of 2023)
Hunter Douglas is an academic weapon and campus leader. At Dorsey High School, he was on the Principal’s List with a 4.0 GPA or higher. In addition to his academic success, he was a member of the track and field team and graduated as captain. Hunter was also the captain of the mock trial team that led the school through many competitions. Hunter has a heart to serve, he has volunteered with many organizations such as Volunteers of America Upward Bound and Teen Court just to name a few. Hunter is looking to take his education to the next level at an HBCU, he is an excited future Howard Bison who plans to major in business.
Wyatt Lawrence Lewis- King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science (Class
Wyatt Lewis is the definition of an overachiever. Wyatt graduated from King Drew High
School on the Principal’s Honor Roll and held many leadership roles throughout his high
school experience. He excelled academically while being a Committee Leader for the school’s Associated Student Body, Communication Liaison for the Black Student Union, and College Peer Counselor. Wyatt has dedicated numerous hours to volunteer work where he served with Bride Builders Foundation, Omega Psi Phi Educational Foundation, and Meals on Wheels. Wyatt is looking forward to attending UCLA in the fall where he will be studying Psychology.