Marjada Tucker


Marjada Faith Tucker attends Rice University majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with a minor in Medical Humanities. She is a native of Starkville, MS and was reared in the Blackjack Community. Marjada is an alumna of The MS School for Mathematics and Science where she graduated with honors and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Marjada is proud to have been named a Ronald H. Brown Scholar, Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, Questbridge National College Match Finalist & College Prep Scholar, Philanthropic Educational Opportunity Star Recipient, and a Tom Joyner Full Ride Finalist; in fact, she was offered more than 1.5 million dollars in scholarships, grants, and awards. At Rice, Marjada is actively involved with the Minority Recruitment Committee, Black Student Association and Baptist Student Ministry. She also serves in various positions of leadership including Orientation Week Advising, First Generation Mentorship, and peer tutoring. Following the summer of her freshman year, Marjada established the Faith for P.E.A.C.E Foundation and initiated a grant funded, six-week college readiness program for Starkville youth through the local Boys & Girls Club. The following summer, she led the establishment of the Northeast Mississippi Student Leadership Conference with an underlying mission to cultivate and empower students of the Golden Triangle of Mississippi and surrounding areas. Marjada has also aided in the establishment of remote Family Medicine clinics in Grand Goave Haiti and will volunteer in Uganda in the spring of 2017.

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Marjada Tucker


Grown & Gone: Stories and tips to help students survive their first independent year of college is a great book of real world stories and tips shared by college students and one high school senior. The contributors of this book are very candid as they explain their troubles and triumphs during their undergraduate year. 


If you are a high school student or a college freshman, I bet you’ve got your first year of college all figured out. You are about to have the time of your life – parties, friends, fun, your own dorm room, and a bit of school work. The next few years of college will be just like high school, except no parents, no curfews, and thank goodness – no lectures. Well, that’s what we thought too. But, things don’t always work out like we think they will. If you want real life stories and tips that will help you improve your college experience, this is the book for you.


Inspiring stories. Real-life tips for High School and College students. This should be a MUST read for high school students to give them the real facts about going to college from students just like them. As a college professor, I wish ALL my students read this book before they started college.

-Dr. Stevie Dawn Blakely, CEO, Orange Compass
 I absolutely LOVE this book! Awesome, Awesome! This is a book that every college freshman should read!
-Dr. Felicia McGowan, Assistant Professor, Alcorn State University
Grown & Gone is a fantastic compilation of personal stories to give incoming college freshman a quick dose of reality. This book offers the truth about the hardships of attending college for the first time, how best to deal with professors, and how to learn from the mistakes of others. Don’t skip the checklists and challenges at the end of the book — they are a great way to prepare your high school senior for what comes next! Highly recommended!
-Dawn M. Wooten, Adjunct Professor, Purdue University at Fort Wayne
This is such a great book–so many good messages and impactful stories! 
-Stephanie Diaz, Author of the Extraction book series
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