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Cordaro Shaw '19


Mr. Shaw studied English and Religious Studies and hails from Detroit, MI, where he attended Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men.

Why did you initially choose to attend Morehouse?

In high school, I encountered a person who influenced my life greatly. He attended Harvard College for undergraduate; however, he told me (in confidence) that if he could reverse time he would’ve attended Morehouse College for undergrad and Harvard University for graduate school. As a seventeen-year-old young man, his statement provided much insight into the value of a Morehouse education, so I ultimately chose to attend Morehouse College due to his influence. Nevertheless, attending Morehouse has been one of my most rewarding decisions.

What has kept you at Morehouse?

I sincerely believe that Morehouse College was the best place for me to pursue my undergraduate education. Morehouse’s small family-like community kept me here.

Why did you choose to study Major?

I chose to major in English because of its universal applicability. In addition, I am interested in becoming a college professor, and I knew the skills acquired as an English major would undoubtedly assist with my post-Morehouse educational endeavors.

Outside of your English and Religious Studies, what have you spent time learning about?

Subjects I enjoy learning about outside of my major are developmental psychology and philosophy.

More about Morehouse TEDx:

I worked in conjunction with five on-campus leaders to implement Morehouse’s first-ever TEDx event.

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Independent Projects

  • Invited to speak about collegiate experiences and advised students on how to navigate their K-12 experience at the following schools:  Marion Law Academy, Brenda Scott Academy, Edwin Denby High School, Southeastern High School, Harper Woods High School, Madison Heights High School, Detroit Public Safety Academy, and Old Redford Academy High School (All schools are in the Greater Detroit Area)


  • KIPP DC, Campus Ambassador

  • The City of Highland Park

  • Mayor's Office Intern

Graduate School Acceptances

  • University of Pennsylvania MSed Program

  • Duke University, MTS Program

  • Vanderbilt University, MTS Program

  • Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University, MA Program

  • The University of Chicago, MA Program

  • Yale University, MA Program

  • Harvard University, MTS Program

Post-Graduation Plan

  • Yale University, MA Program

Experiences Abroad

  • Oprah Winfrey South Africa Leadership Program


  • Oprah Winfrey Foundation, Oprah Scholarship Recipient

  • Reggie McKenzie Foundation, McKenzie Scholarship Recipient

  • Dr. Charles Gilchrist Adams, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church Scholarship Recipient

  • UNCF, Jacqueline Feigenson Scholarship Recipient

Professional Programs

  • Harvard Divinity School: Diversity and Exploration Program Participant

  • Harvard Business School, Credential of Readiness (CORe) program