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Congratulations to our 2015 Rahman Alim Strum Scholarship Winners!!!

1st Place Winner


1st Place Winner

Valencia Johnson of Decatur, Georgia a sophomore at Georgia State University, where she is majoring in biology. Valencia is a 2013 graduate of Towers High School in Decatur, Georgia. Valencia was class valedictorian and graduated with a 4.065 grade point average. While in highschool, Valencia was a member of the Anime Club, the BETA Club and the Health Occupation Students of America(HOSA) Club. At Georgia State, Valencia is a member of the Anime Club, and this year was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, in the top 10% of her class. In the summer of 2014, she participated in a Diverse Health Scholars’ Forum in Washington, DC. She was chosen as one of the top one hundred future healthcare leaders from across the country to participate in a forum to discuss the future of healthcare in America. After completing her degree, Valencia would like to serve in a humanitarian capacity, by working as a criminologist. She would like to utilize her analytical and problem solving skills to help victims and family members of victims of violent crimes by solving these crimes and giving them a sense of closure. In her spare time, Valencia enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends and volunteering in her community.


2nd Place Winner

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. In high school, I was very active in plays, in National Honor Society and in church youth groups. After graduating in 2012, I completed my freshmen year of college at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. I then moved back to Omaha, where I completed some courses at Metro Community College before deciding that I wanted to teach and transferring to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

I transferred to UNO in Fall 2014. I am pursuing a degree in Secondary Education with my endorsement in 7-12 grade Language Arts and will graduate in Spring 2017. In addition to actively pursuing my schoolwork, I work as a peer advisor in UNO's College of Education. As a peer advisor, I meet with prospective or current UNO students who are considering majors in education and help new UNO students register for classes. I am also involved in Kappa Delta Pi and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), two professional education organizations. I am active in working with youth in my church and my community through teaching Sunday school, helping lead youth mission trips, and volunteering at a faith-based youth center The Hope Center for Kids.

As a future teacher, I look forward to challenging students in the classroom and building relationships with them. I love watching my students grow. I am thankful for my experience in the Educator Prep Program at UNO and my volunteer opportunities, as they are helping my to grow into the effective and relational teacher that I hope to be. I am thankful to the Rahman Alim Strum Scholarship, Inc. for awarding me this scholarship to help me continue to pursue my studies and co-curricular work at UNO.

My parents are Karen and Keith Severin. I have one older sister, Amanda, and a future brother-in-law, Jacob.

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3rd Place Winner

Daiquille I. Street was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in the rough community of Brownsville, Brooklyn meant that at a young age Daiquille had to decide whether he was going to fall victim to the culture of drugs and violence that surrounded him or rise above it. He chose to rise above it! Daiquille is a recent graduate of Performing Arts & Technology High School and will be attending Fulton Montgomery Community College in the Fall. After his first year of college Daiquille aspires to transfer to North Carolina A&T State University to complete his Bachelor’s degree. After completing his undergraduate education Daiquille plans to become either a lawyer or police officer. Daiquille loves music, art, and his family. He will be the first person in his immediate family to graduate from college and wants to help set a standard of achievement for his younger siblings to aspire to.


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