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Congratulations to our 2017 Rahman Alim Strum Scholarship Winners!!!

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1st Place Winner

My name is Michael Cleveland, a 2017 honor graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Ga. I am a devoted child of God. I attend Walker Tabernacle Baptist Church where I serve God as a Junior Deacon and by being an active member in the music and educational ministries of my church. During my high school experience, I was heavily involved in the Early College program where I attended Atlanta Metropolitan State College and graduated with college credit, as well as The National Beta Club, The Tri-M Music Honor Society, The Marching 100 Band, and Yearbook. Since childhood, watching my mother work as a paramedic I have had the desire to one-day work in the medical field. I devoted 146 hours to volunteering in the E.R. at Grady Health Systems the summer of 2016 which inspired me to want to become an E.R. Physician. I chose to attend Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans where I will major Biology Pre-Med with a Chemistry minor. After I obtain my bachelor’s I will either attend Morehouse School of Medicine or Meharry Medical College for medical school. . I am extremely grateful for this opportunity which will help contribute to my success. Thank you.  


2nd Place Winner

My name is Eboni Diamond Washington, a native of the South Bronx, New York currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand where I own a vegan soul food pop up shop called Vegan Traphouse.  Our sole mission is to promote veganism while raising awareness about Black American culture through food and education.  I hold my Bachelors of Arts in Radio-TV-Film from the illustrious Howard University and am now currently enrolled at the University of New England obtaining my Master of Social of Work.  While attending Howard, I volunteered with an organization called Lady Me where we mentored and tutored “at-risk” high school females.  Since being in Thailand, I was given the opportunity to lead several English camps for Thai students focused on health and environmental conservation.   This fall, I will begin my internship with Burmese refugees here in Thailand.  My ultimate goal is to become an international social worker and work specifically with oppressed indigenous populations around the world.  I believe in the saying "no one is free while others are still oppressed" and cultural competency plays a vital role in positive human interaction.  With the help of the Rahman Alim Strum Scholarship, I will be able to continue my venture in helping individuals in various communities achieve better mental, physical, and emotional health.  I will be forever grateful for this award.


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