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2014 Urban Scholar Awards

The Susan B. Anthony Center’s Urban Scholar Award is presented to students who embrace the spirit of Susan B. Anthony in their dedication to social justice, overcoming social barriers to success, dedication to community activism, passion for community service, commitment to higher edcuation, and/or the pursuit of professional career goals.

Students must be enrolled in a Rochester City School District high school or college/trade school, the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection , and the Teen Health & Success Partnership program while also employed at the University of Rochester, Strong Health, or Highland Hospital. Candidates are nominated by UR faculty or staff, Hillside Work Scholarshipstaff, RCSD staff or community leaders/supervisors.  Award recipients received a $1,000 scholarship to be used for college or trade school neds.

Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the Susan B. Anthony Urban Scholar Awards!

Isho Abukar

Isho Abukar

2013 graduate of All City High School
Nazareth College

Isho Abukar is a 2013 graduate of All City High School and is currently a student at Nazareth College. Isho is a shining star in the Teen Health & Success Partnership program. Isho is an Ambassador assistant in Strong Memorial Hospital’s Ambassador & Guest Services department. Isho volunteers at Nazareth COllege in their Homework Help program where she assists high school students with their homework and at Mary’s Place in the City of Rochester where she helps adult refugees learn English.

Mercy Kirui

Mercy Kirui

2014 graduate of Early College International High School
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Mercy Kirui graduated from Rochester Early College International High School as valedictorian of her class. She has truly been a champion in her dedication to volunteering. Throughout high school, Mercy volunteered at the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley, Red Cross Samaritans Club, and Rehema House Committee. She has held leadership positions in each of her volunteer experiences. Mercy worked at the UR’s Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences as a project assistant with the STEM Gems program. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University she plans to study aerospace engineering.

Omar Mohamed

Omar Mohamed

2012 graduate of Edison High School
Alfred University

Omar Mohamed continues to be one of the Teen Health & Success Partnership program’s highest performing students academically. He was a high honor roll student at Edison High School where he graduated from in 2012 and consistently makes the dean’s list at Alfred University where he majors in accounting and is a Division III soc- cer player. Omar gives back to his community by volunteering time as a youth soccer instructor and is spending his summer as a peer mentor to incoming freshman at Alfred University.

Kulaishi Munyakayanza

Kulashi Munyakayanza

2014 graduate of Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School
Nazareth College

Kulashi Munyakayanza graduated from Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School. Kulashi attends Nazareth College which awarded him a full scholarship. Kulashi is one of the top academically performing students in the Teen Health & Success Partnership program. He spends much of his free time working with the nursing staff at Strong Memorial Hospital as a Patient Safety Assistant. He is also very committed to volunteering at the Catholic Family Center where he serves as a peer mentor for teen immigrants.

Shakierah Smith

Shakierah Smith

2014 graduate of School Without Walls
Rochester Institute of Technology

Shakierah Smith graduated from School Without Walls High School in 2014. She is a project assistant at the Center for Community Health, UR Medicine where she assists with administrative tasks, special projects and helps other staff with their clerical and patient reporting needs. Shakierah has participated in the Taub Multimedia Program and attended the Students Inside Albany program. Most recently, Shakierah produced her own TV show, That New News, that was picked up by Rochester Community Television, which targets a range of topics such as, domestic violence, social issues, bullying, healthy relationships, education, friendships and gossip. Shakierah will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall of 2014 to major in Biology. She hopes to practice dentistry and go on to medical school after completing her undergraduate degree at RIT.