Kami Blackwood - Seeking a World Beyond Tennis

Kamy Blackwood

Seeking a World Beyond Tennis

Kamy Blackwood, Junior, Criminal Justice Major Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences

“Kamy has distinguished herself among her Razor’s Edge peers as a ‘leader among leaders.’ She reflects how great NSU is with our commitment to recruiting the best and brightest student leaders.” —Brad Williams, Ed.D., Vice President, Student Affairs


Kamy Blackwood is a state champion tennis player from tiny Farmington, New Mexico, in the heart of America’s Southwest. When selecting a college, she wanted one that was “far away from home.” Considering Nova Southeastern University is 2,165 driving miles away, it seems she has succeeded.

Upon graduating, Blackwood aspires to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as other members of her family have done. A member of NSU’s tennis team, she missed nearly the entire last season because of an injured ankle, but expects to come back strong this year. Off court, Blackwood is president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the President’s 64, a group of NSU student ambassadors. She figures that “successfully juggling leadership, athletics, and academics” will both prepare her for everyday life and make her an attractive candidate to an employer like the FBI.

Blackwood considers her tennis scholarship as vital. However, what tipped the scale in choosing NSU was being accepted for one of the 25 Razor’s Edge scholarships NSU awards each year. Named after the NSU mascot, Razor the Shark, this $10,000 renewable scholarship is given to students who excel academically and who demonstrate exceptional leadership. “Getting a Razor’s Edge Scholarship was the only way this was going to work for me,” she says. “I was blessed to be chosen.”