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2016 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 education, 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 Scholarship staff, RCSD staff or community leaders/supervisors. Award recipients received a $1,000 scholarship to be used for college or trade school needs.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of the Susan B. Anthony Urban Scholar Award!


Rukia Abdi

2015 graduate of Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School
SUNY College at Brockport

Rukia immigrated to the US at 11 years of age. She experienced discrimination, struggled to learn the English language, and had difficulty adapting to a new culture. Despite these struggles, Rukia was determined to find her own path to success. She found her path through community engagement and focused on helping Refugees access resources including homework help and English language instruction. Ms. Abdi is this year’s Valedictorian at Wilson Magnet High School and will attend SUNY Brockport to study Biology.

Angela Bryant

2015 graduate of East HS
Nazareth College

As a young teen, Angela faced serious personal hardships while attending a school that was struggling through its own transition. During her sophomore year, Angela turned these roadblocks into stepping stones and found the motivation to succeed. Her academic success and involvement in East High Visionaries has made her a role model for other students. Anyone who meets Angela can see that she is a determined young woman who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth in her community. This determination has lead to Angela being accepted to Nazareth College where she will pursue a degree in Education.

Niyokwizigira Mawazo

2015 graduate of Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School
Nazareth College

Mawazo is a graduating senior at Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, where she is part of the International Baccalaureate program. As a first generation Tanzanian student, Mawazo strives to exceed her cultural expectations, which dictate that success is measured by an early marriage for young women. Mawazo has instead focused her efforts on her academics, extracurricular activities and joining programs like UR’s Teen Health and Success Partnership, Upward Bound and the Urban League. These efforts have certainly begun to pay off. She will be graduating Wilson with a 4.64 GPA, leaving behind a legacy through the myriad of clubs she has participated in and created, and plans to attend Nazareth College this Fall on a full-ride academic scholarship.

Miles Perry

Greece Arcadia HS
University of Rochester

Miles has dedicated his high school career to changing the culture at Greece Arcadia High School where he cofounded MOSAICS. MOSAICS is a multicultural course created to address issues of diversity and racism in their school.  Miles also works as a Project Assistant at the Hajim School of Engineering. He is a recipient of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations and will be attending the U of R in the Fall of 2016 with plans to study Public Health and International Relations.