Participants are coached by academy leaders, upper-level students who serve as positive role models to motivate, guide, and support MLK scholars toward academic and social success as they navigate through their educational experience at WMU.

Academy Leaders

Amyre Dennis

academy leader Amyre Dennis

Tier: Fourth tier 
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich.
WMU email: amyre.r.dennis@wmich.edu 
Program: organizational change leadership
Year in school: graduate
Intended graduation date: fall 2022
A little about myself: I graduated from WMU in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in global and international studies. I really enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures. My first job out of college was teaching English in Lampang, Thailand. I am now a graduate student at WMU in organizational change leadership.

Michon Jenkins

academy leader Michon Jenkins

Tier: Second tier 
Hometown: West Bloomfield, Mich.
WMU email: michon.l.jenkinsmuhammad@wmich.edu 
Majors: music therapy and behavioral psychology
Year in school: junior
Intended graduation date: fall 2023
A little about myself: I have a passion for helping people of all ages reach their greatest potential. Coupled with my love for music, my goal is to become a music therapist for those with special needs. Outside of school I love to read, spend time with my family and friends, and cook/bake. I hope that I can inspire those around me and help them reach their goals.

Priscilla Pinchem

academy leader Priscilla Pinchem

Tier: Second tier 
Hometown: Carleton, Mich.
WMU email: priscilla.c.pinchem@wmich.edu 
Major: sociology
Minor: Spanish
Year in school: senior
Intended graduation date: fall 2021
A little about myself: In the spring 2020 semester, I worked as a teaching assistant for social psychology. I loved being a TA and wanted to work in a position that would enable me to help students succeed. On campus, I’m involved in Sociology Club and Wesley Church. I love meeting new people and I enjoy reading, listening to music, and watching movies and anime. My favorite food is chocolate chip cookies and I’m currently learning to knit (with limited success).

Nishant Sapkota

academy leader Nishant Sapkota

Tier: First tier 
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich.
WMU email: sapkota.nishant@wmich.edu 
Majors: computer science and data science
Year in school: junior
Intended graduation date: spring 2023
A little about myself: My hobbies are watching Netflix and listening to music. I also like to explore around the places here in Kalamazoo on my bike.

Audriana Skonecki

academy leader Audriana Skonecki

Tier: Third tier 
Hometown: Caledonia, Mich.
WMU email: audriana.i.skonecki@wmich.edu 
Major: biomedical sciences
Minors: chemistry and anthropology
Year in school: senior
Intended graduation date: fall 2021
A little about myself: I am a fifth-year student and have been at Western since 2017. I was a recipient of the MLK G.O.L.D. Scholarship and a part of the MLK Academy. I love to be with family and friends during my free time, traveling, being outside, cooking, and just having a great time. A fun fact is that I will never say no to an iced coffee!  Even though this is my last semester before graduation, I plan to take a gap year and continue working within Multicultural Affairs for Students and at a veterinary hospital. I will start my veterinary application in the new year and gain more experience!

Luther Westcott

academy leader Luther Westcott

Tier: First tier 
Hometown: Manchester, Mich.
WMU email: luther.m.westcott@wmich.edu 
Majors: finance and leadership business strategy
Year in school: junior
Intended graduation date: spring 2023
A little about myself: I love doing all sorts of things but my main hobbies include: going on hikes, working out, making music, traveling, attending concerts, etc. I grew up in a family of five siblings, a dog, and two cats. I love food and enjoy cooking it as well. My favorite band is Tame Impala and I’m more than open to you sending me your music playlist!