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Scholarship Awards

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Awarded dollars in 2019 Scholarships

We thank all applicants for their participation and congratulate all scholarship recipients!

The Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation provides annual scholarships to deserving students. The foundation’s goal is to offer a variety of scholarships to reach a wide array of students, such as high school seniors, undergraduate students and adults returning school to further their education. This year, we awarded our first graduate student scholarship.

Students were selected by the IPCDF Scholarship Committee based on their community service, scholastic achievement, letters of recommendation and other factors. Scholarship awards were given to students to apply towards their college education expenses. Scholarships are all made possible by generous donations from individuals, community members, and corporate contributors. All funds raised from our events allow the Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation to continue to provide scholarships to students annually.

During this year’s application cycle, the IPCDF Scholarship Committee received over 260 applications, and out of the 260 applications, we are awarding scholarships to 11 talented and dedicated students. We thank all applicants for their participation and congratulate all scholarship recipients!

IPCDF had over 260 applications and highly qualified candidates.  The Foundation has selected the Best of the Best.

Scholarship Winners

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

JUSTIN POWELL

Justin will be attending the University of Southern California and studying business administration with a minor in music production.

Justin Powell, senior at Walter Payton College Prep, is a 2019 recipient of our General Scholarship.  While at Payton, Justin served as the President of the Black Student Union, Payton Men of Color Club and Senior Steering Committee and captain of his club and varsity volleyball team, all while maintaining a 4.5 GPA and earning a perfect 36 on the ACT! Next fall, Justin will be attending the University of Southern California and studying business administration with a minor in music production. Justin wishes to start his own music streaming service in order to give back to his community and diversify the public schools of Chicago.

KAIYA WHEATEN

Kaiya will be attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is planning a career in nursing or math.

Kaiya Wheaten, senior at De La Salle High School, is a 2019 recipient of our General Scholarship. At De La Salle, Kaiya enjoys playing on the tennis team and participating in math competitions as part of the schools math team. Kaiya is also very passionate about volunteering in which she attributes to her Girl Scout troop leader who instilled in her at the young age of 7 to always give back and help those in need. Throughout high school, Kaiya maintained a 4.1 GPA and states that she would not have been able to succeed without her faith in God, and the wonderful support of her family, godmother, and supportive friends. Upon graduation from high school, Kaiya will proudly attend her father’s alma mater, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is planning career in nursing or math.

 

ARI GARNER

Ari will be attending University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and plans to pursue a major in Biology.

Ari Garner, senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, is a 2019 recipient of our General Scholarship.  At Lindblom, Ari has served as a teaching assistant for Biology and Biotechnology classes, as well as being a member of the Biology Club.  She is president of the Yukolali Club and has spent 13 years as a ballet, tap, modern, and jazz dancer at Chicago’s renowned Studio One Dance Theatre.  She was the only student from the state of Illinois to be chosen to present to international world leaders at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute Conference, on her innovative ideas to help alleviate natural resource shortages. Upon her high school graduation, Ari will be attending University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and plans to pursue a major in Biology.

 

 

HBCU SCHOLARSHIPS

HAILEY JOHNSON

Hailey will be attending Spelman College where she will major in Health Sciences on the Pre-Medicine track.

Hailey Diana Johnson, senior at Kenwood Academy, is a 2019 recipient of our HBCU scholarship.  Hailey is a member of the National Honor Society with a grade point average of 4.3. She has served as Vice President of both her sophomore and junior classes. Hailey loves volunteering, science and dance. She volunteers at a local food bank, LaRabida Children’s Hospital, and as President/tutor of A.M. Ambassador, she tutors Kenwood students. Hailey began dancing at age five. She has studied with Debbie Allen, Homer Bryant, Hubbard Street Dance, and is a member of Kenwood Pom Poms and the Kenwood Dance Project. Hailey has spent her summers exploring reproductive science, cancer biology and oncofertility. Hailey’s greatest joy is her faith. Next fall, Hailey will be attending Spelman College where she will major in Health Sciences on the Pre-Medicine track.

 

ADARAH HALE

Adarah will be attending North Carolina A&T University, where she plans to pursue a double major in both Biology and Criminal Justice.

Adarah Hale, 2019 recipient of our HBCU scholarship, is a graduating senior from Kenwood Academy High School.  She is a member of National Honor Society, and the captain of both her debate team and slam poetry team.   Adarah was recognized as one of the top 12 poets in Chicagoland area.  She prides herself on the community service she has done over the years at the Blackstone Bicycle Works.  In partnership with Urban Alliance, she is also working in Risk Management at Northern Trust until it’s time for college in the fall. Adarah will be attending North Carolina A&T University, where she plans to pursue a double major in both Biology and Criminal Justice.

 

ASATTAH CYRENE YOUNG

Asattah plans to attend Spelman College, majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Women’s Comparative Studies.

Asattah Cyrene Young, 2019 recipient of our HBCU scholarship, is a graduating senior from Kenwood Academy High School where she is a member of the Kenwood National Honors Club, Swim Team, and Social Justice Club. Asattah’s love for Literacy led her to develop a literacy program, that is geared towards developing literacy in underserved communities, titled The Bare Essentials of Learning through Tutoring and Outreach. TBELTO was inspired by a drive to help struggling readers and writers that looked just like her. Asattah plans to attend Spelman College, majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Women’s Comparative Studies. It is Asattah’s intent to serve the Spelman community of the Atlanta University Center, and the city of Atlanta, Georgia. She has no doubt that her program TBELTO, can be tailored to exist globally. Pursuing a leadership role within the Spelman community that enhances her knowledge of volunteerism, mentorship and advocacy which will help build the skills that prepare her for a life of service. Asattah aspires to become an attorney specializing in Educational Law.

CAITLYN TAYLOR

Caitlyn is an incoming freshman Pharmacy major in the Honors Program at Florida A&M University and a licensed Pharmacy Technician at Walgreens

Caitlyn Alia Taylor, 2019 HBCU Scholarship recipient, is a member of Kenwood Academy High School’s Class of 2019, where she graduated a semester early (5.0 GPA & class rank of 4 out of 357 students). It has been said that Caitlyn is a “renaissance woman in the making” as her gifts, talents, interests, and service are quite diverse. Caitlyn was a three year varsity volleyball player, Honor Student, Advanced Placement Scholar, and involved in a variety of clubs, service organizations, and other activities while at Kenwood Academy. She is passionate about using her current and future quantitative, creative, and patient/customer service skills in providing and improving excellent and affordable pharmaceutical care for undeserved/underrepresented people around the world. Caitlyn enjoys math, science, sculpture, music, fashion, volleyball, traveling and spending time with her family, especially with her three younger brothers. Caitlyn is an incoming freshman Pharmacy major in the Honors Program at Florida A&M University and a licensed Pharmacy Technician at Walgreens

HELEN R. JACKSON SCHOLARSHIP (L) & WALLER CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP (R)

MAXIMUS LAWS

HELEN R. JACKSON SCHOLARSHIP
Upon graduation from high school, Maximus will be attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Business Management. 

Maximus Laws, senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, is a 2019 recipient of Helen R. Jackson scholarship.  At Lindblom, Maximus is a yearbook photographer and a newspaper editor.  He also serves as a mentor in a mentorship program.  During junior year of high school, he balanced all Honors and two Advanced Placement classes, while also working a part time job after school.  He conquered this challenging schedule with all A’s and B’s, while simultaneously receiving a promotion to Assistant Manager at his part time job.

Upon graduation from high school, Maximus will be attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Business Management. 

GABRIEL JENKINS

WALLER CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
Upon graduation from high school, Gabriel will be attending Dawson Technical Institute of Kennedy King College in Chicago.

Gabriel Jenkins in the 2019 Waller Scholarship recipient. Gabriel is currently enrolled at William R. Harper high school in Chicago. As an aspiring mechanic, Gabriel already possesses the expertise to make major automotive repairs, such as replacing tires, brakes, and engine belts. Gabriel wants to further his knowledge of automotive repair by becoming a certified mechanic, and hopes to own his own repair shop in Chicago in the future.

Upon graduation from high school, Gabriel will be attending Dawson Technical Institute of Kennedy King College in Chicago.

DANA G. WOODLEY SCHOLARSHIP (L) & GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP (R)

TRACY S EDWARDS

DANA G. WOODLEY SCHOLARSHIP
Tracy currently attends Hampton University in Virginia, and aspires to obtain a doctorate degree in Medical Physics.

Tracy Edwards is the 2019 scholarship recipient of the Dana G. Woodley scholarship.  In addition to being a full-time undergraduate student, Tracy works at the Hampton University Center Research Center, and has completed internships in the field of biomedical sciences, at Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt University. Tracy was also published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics, and is the President of the Society of Physics Students at Hampton University. 

Tracy currently attends Hampton University in Virginia, and aspires to obtain a doctorate degree in Medical Physics.

 

BRITTANY ELIZABETH
BRUNSON-KAMAL

GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
Brittany will be enrolling in the Acute Nurse Practitioner program at Loyola University, where she plans to become an advanced practicing nurse.

Brittany E. Brunson-Kamal, is the 2019 recipient of the Graduate scholarship.  She entered the nursing field as an LPN working at Haymarket Center after graduating from Chicago Public School that offered an accredited nursing program.  While maintaining full-time positions as an adult/pediatric home health nurse, as well as a geriatric rehabilitation LPN, she graduated Cum Laude from St. Xavier University, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2016.  Over the past few years, she has worked as a Registered Nurse at the University of Chicago Medical Center, on the Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit.  Currently, she serves as a Unit Based Councilman Chair at University of Chicago Medicine. 

Brittany will be enrolling in the Acute Nurse Practitioner program at Loyola University, where she plans to become an advanced practicing nurse, with hopes to help alleviate the current health-care crisis by providing affordable care to patients with limited or no insurance.

 

TAU MU SCHOLARSHIP

ZOE IHAZA

TAU MU SCHOLARSHIP
Zoe hopes to one day teach public relations and advertising at the collegiate level and work at a public relations firm.

Hidemi Zoe Ihaza is in her fourth year at DePaul University. She is a Public Relations & Advertising major
with a minor in Spanish. Zoe serves as the President of the Tau Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Incorporated. In addition, she is involved in many other organizations such as Soka Gakkai
International as a District Leader, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Black Student Union
and the African Student Association.

Zoe was recently accepted into the Master of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising program at DePaul
University. She enjoys volunteering at the Puerto Rican Culture Center. 

 

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