Emerging Young Alumni Leader Award. This is given to a GMC alumnus who has graduated in the last 10 years and is no more than 35 years old. This individual has made an impact in one of the following areas: support to GMC, outstanding contributions to their profession, achievements that bring honor and a demonstration of service and commitment to their community.
KeShawn comes from a family of proud GMC Alumni. His mother and father graduated from the Prep School in 1994 and his sister just recently in 2020. KeShawn graduated from the Prep School in 2013 and went on to Georgia Southern where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. After this, he attended George Washington University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Political Management. While attending GMC Prep, KeShawn realized that he wanted his life and career to reflect GMC’s core values of “duty, honor, and country” and his passion for service was ignited. As stated by KeShawn, “GMC is a sacred place where I developed intellectually and also elevated my character to become a better citizen who can work to alter systems that offer a seat to all at the table and to carry that throughout the community.”
KeShawn’s career and volunteer work are intertwined and seamless, all with the common goal of making a difference in the community and improving the lives of others. While at Georgia Southern, KeShawn served on Georgia Southern SGA and worked to make the meetings accessible to all students, creating specific avenues for hearing impaired students, as well as passing a resolution directing the University to begin researching how to form a resource center to support equality for LGBTQ students. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he is the Political Action Chair, serves on the Voteless People is a Hopeless People Committee and mentors young men through the Go to High School and Go to College national program. He worked as a field director for the Georgia NAACP where he strived to educate and register to vote disadvantaged Georgians and served as the campaign manager for the current Georgia NAACP President James Woodall. KeShawn is also a member of the Georgia Millennial Council.
KeShawn now resides in Washington D.C. where he originally moved to work for Howard University, and now works as Ward 4 Mayoral Liaison in the Executive Office of Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. He is a member of the Black Graduate Student Association at George Washington University where he serves as the Vice President of marketing and is actively involved in community clean up. Though no longer a resident of Milledgeville, KeShawn visits when he can and helps to mentor upcoming youth leaders in the community. As one of his foundations, GMC elevated community service as a way of life and instilled in KeShawn how to stand for a cause and in turn, encourage the youth of his community to stand for what they believe.