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Aug 05th


Admission Possible seniors set the pace in scholarships

Admission Possible seniors set the pace in scholarshipsWhen Cooper High School senior Samuel Ogunyemi opened his mailbox last week, what he found was a free ride to college. Ogunyemi, who has been participating in Admission Possible’s free after school college prep program for the past two years, is one of 20 Minnesota high school seniors to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship. The award, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, covers all expenses for an undergraduate degree at the college or university of the recipients’ choice, and even the cost of a doctorate degree in some fields of study.

When he opened the letter, Ogunyemi was overwhelmed. “It said, ‘Congratulations, Samuel,’” he recalls. “I said ‘wow’ for at least 30 minutes. Just ‘wow’ over and over. I showed my mom, and she was jumping up and down. It felt good.”

Originally from Nigeria, Ogunyemi moved to Minnesota when he was 10. “My parents wanted me and my brother and sister to get an education in the Unites States,” he said. “They said if you get a degree here, you can go anywhere in the whole world.”

Rotary Club partners with Friendship Academy of Fine Arts Read-a-Thon

For one week in mid-March, the Minneapolis South Rotary Club supported Friendship Academy of Fine Arts in its annual Read-A-Thon. FAFA, located at 2600 E. 38th Street, conducted the event during the week of March 8- 12 at the school. Members of the Minneapolis South Rotary Club volunteered hours of their time to read to children in various classrooms. Club members, Jesse Lee, Ethel Lee Norwood, and Karin Treiber, club president, developed a project to fund awards for the three classrooms and the three students that achieved the highest reading goals during the week-long program.

FAFA Administrator, Ethel Lee Norwood, expressed the views of the teachers, parents, and students in her comment, “The 2010 Read-a-Thon was a great success. The winning students and classrooms are so appreciative of the books they were able to purchase with gift certificates from the Minneapolis South Rotary Club.”

Presently, the FAFA does not have a library to serve its 150 students in grades K-6.  Consequently the Minneapolis South Rotary Club applied for and received a Rotary International Community Assistance Grant in the amount of $500 to assist individual classrooms in enhancing the collection of books for the students in these classes and to present individual awards to students so they can build their home libraries.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of community-based, service-minded volunteers who work on literacy, hunger, water-safety, and other needs.

Six students earn Gates scholarships

Six students earn Gates scholarshipsSix Minneapolis Public Schools students were among 1,000 scholars nationwide selected as the recipients of good-through-graduation college scholarships from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. Fadumo Abdullahi and Abdullahi Ali of Edison High School and Doua Kha, Mai Vang, Soua Chang and Susan Vang of Patrick Henry High School will receive scholarships that can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the college or university of the recipients’ choice. The Class of 2010 Gates Millennium Scholars represent 45 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories: American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Established in 1999 with the goal of developing the next generation of America’s leaders, UNCF’s Gates Millennium Scholars Program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To date, over 13,000 students have received GMS scholarships, attending more than 1,500 schools, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities and UNCF member historically black colleges (HBCUs).

Notre Dame's first Black valedictorian

Notre Dame's first Black valedictorian(WBBM) -- History is being made at the University of Notre Dame this spring.

In the 161 years the University of Notre Dame has been awarding degrees, never had there been an African-American as valedictorian. Until this year.

Katie Washington of Gary, Indiana carries a 4.0 GPA majoring in biology and minoring in Catholic social teaching.

According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Washington plans to continue her studies at Johns Hopkins University and follow in her father’s footsteps into medicine.

Washington says she’s humbled by the honor of being named valedictorian.

Taylor takes helm of Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Charlotte, NC attorney Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., will lead the 23 year old Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), James Clifton, Fund board chair, and Dr. N. Joyce Payne, Fund founder announced this week.

Clifton and Payne said, "Taylor exemplifies the kind of transformative leadership, strategic acumen and fundraising skills needed to move the fund to a new level of national prominence and a new era of innovation."

U of M offers Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota program 

The University of Minnesota is hosting its second annual summer program designed to introduce high school students to the basics of entrepreneurship and launching a business. From June 14 through July 15 on the University campus, 35 Minneapolis high school students will engage in active learning sessions covering business fundamentals and personal development topics alongside entrepreneurship faculty, recent graduates and experienced entrepreneurs.

This five week camp is intended to develop the students’ understanding of business fundamentals and entrepreneurship, with particular emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. Other topics covered include ethics, social responsibility and self-assessment. In addition to learning, participants will also be employed at the U of M over the summer. 

The program is being jointly developed by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development and the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis’ STEP-UP Program. Support also comes from the Minnesota Twins, Dairy Queen, Bachman’s Floral and Quality Bicycle Products.

Local entrepreneurs interested in sharing the business stories, sponsoring this enriching program in any way, or donating needed items for the program, please contact the Office for Business & Community Economic Development B-Tech Center at (612) 624-3404 by the end of April.

Alpha Phi Alpha takes on climate change and energy efficiency

Partnership with Environmental Defense Fund will nurture environmental leaders, green campuses

WASHINGTON, DC - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation's oldest Black fraternity, and Environmental Defense Fund are launching a transformational partnership to increase the number of diverse environmental leaders on university and college campuses and in communities of color.  The Alpha and EDF partnership will educate the fraternity's student and alumni chapters about climate change,
environmental justice, energy efficiency, clean energy and green jobs.  Sustainability projects designed by students and alumni will help African American and other populations become more involved in public health and environmental issues caused by air and water pollution and social inequity.
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