Sonya Summerour Clemmons
Director of Business Development, MediVas, LLCBusiness Founder and Owner, SSC Enterprises


Growing up in Gainesville, Ga., Sonya Summerour Clemmons could have easily made excuses not to attend college. Although she excelled as a student and made A's in math, no one in the school system seemed to harbor any expectations for her future, until Carleton "Cab" Jackson started as a high school counselor during her junior year.

Jackson told her about a summer program at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville in 1988, designed to expose underrepresented minorities to the field of engineering. "Until I met him, no one had ever said to me, 'They have these summer programs in science and engineering; they're all paid for. Would you like to go?'" recalls the now 35-year-old bioengineer. He also told her about a dual-degree engineering program at Spelman College and Georgia Tech, both in Atlanta,...

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