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U of M students receive disability scholarships

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Shade Osifuye of Woodbury and Kotumu Kamara of Northeast Minneapolis have received a University of Minnesota Robert and Gail Buuck Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide access to higher education, opportunities for enhancing or supporting learning and support for guidance or training in the development of self-advocacy and leadership for students with disabilities at the University of Minnesota. Shade Osifuye of Woodbury and Kotumu Kamara of Northeast Minneapolis have received a University of Minnesota Robert and Gail Buuck Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide access to higher education, opportunities for enhancing or supporting learning and support for guidance or training in the development of self-advocacy and leadership for students with disabilities at the University of Minnesota.

Shade Osifuye, originally from Nigeria, will be in her senior year completing her Bachelor of Science degree through the Inter-College Program. Her academic concentrations are in life sciences and African-American studies. Her goal is to attend a pathologist assistant program so that she may further pursue her study of diseases, particularly those diseases that affect African Americans.

Kotumu Kamara, a sophomore, is pursuing a major in global studies and a minor in social justice. Kamara is a refugee from Liberia whose passion is working to contribute to world peace, security and justice.

The Buuck Family Scholarship, established in 2004, is the university's first fully endowed scholarship for students with disabilities. Alumnus Robert Buuck and his wife Gail made a donation to the university's Office of Disability Services to establish the endowed scholarship fund after learning that the university did not have scholarships for students with disabilities.
 

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