About

AOK Scholars provides
mentoring and
financial support
for those pursuing post-secondary education

We are keen on success and believe that education is an important part of becoming successful. AOK was established to help those youth attending college who are most likely to succeed, if helped. We are proud of these scholars and the success they are achieving as part of our program.”

Dr. Lawrence E. White,
Namesake & Founder
The Lawrence E. White Family Foundation

About
AOK SCHOLARS

Who are most likely to succeed if helped? This is the question that the nonprofit organization Lawrence E. White Family Foundation hoped to answer when it was founded in 2002. At the core of our work is a belief that individuals who have persevered through extraordinary life challenges, can become the leaders of tomorrow with the right support and guidance.

Partnering with many community-minded organizations to fulfill our mission, LEWFF’s ultimate goal is to empower individuals, foster success, and change lives. The Foundation aims to support college students, amateur wrestlers, and veterans through a variety of outreach programs.

In 2013 LEWFF created the AOK Scholars Program to specifically support students who have aged out of foster care, and later expanded to include homeless students.

Program Overview

Our AOK Specialists

AOK Scholars has a team of dedicated staff that provides individual mentoring and support to help remove barriers to graduation.

Caitlin Cates

Caitlin moved to Tallahassee to pursue an education at Florida State University. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work. Caitlin thoroughly enjoys working with students and helping them towards their goal of getting an education. When she’s not working, she spends her time getting outdoors with her dog, reading a good book, and enjoying time with her loved ones.

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Ramona Burkett

Ramona was born and raised in the town of McClellanville in Charleston County, South Carolina. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and from Webster University with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling. She is the mother of a very vibrant elementary schooler who inspires her daily to cultivate the best parts of herself. She is truly motivated by heart-centered work and holistic (mind, body, soul) wellness. In her free time, she enjoys being out in nature, listening to music, reading, and sharing time with supportive family and friends.
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Ashlee Kelly

Ashlee was born in Orlando, FL, but was raised in Baltimore, Maryland from the age of 6 months. She attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. She is married and has a young son which keeps her on her toes and constantly moving! When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking her son to the playground or on walks.
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Nyesha Logan

Nyesha recently relocated back to Orlando, FL after working for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Sector Management and Policy from the University of Miami. She volunteered a year of service to AmeriCorps in Orlando following graduation, which changed her life and led her down the path of social work. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is actively pursuing an additional Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Leadership. Thinking she should combine the two things she loves most (education and social work), she found her way to the AOK Scholars Program where she is trying to change the world one student at a time.
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Christine Stilwell

Christine Stilwell, is the Operations Director of the Lawrence E. White Family Foundation. Christine has a 25-year background with non-profit programming. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Economics, Christine is a past Children’s Home Society Volunteer of the Year and a Junior League of Greater Orlando Chapin - Hood Award winner for community involvement. Christine is a Certified Addictions Prevention Professional through the Florida Certification Board, Chair of the Orange County Drug Office Education Committee, Board Member of the Seminole Prevention Coalition and longtime member of the Junior League of Central Florida where she served four years as a Board Member and as the Vice-President of Community.

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