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September 12, 2013 by  


Kameelah Rasheed lands two big scholarships

Kameelah Rasheed, a Pomona College junior, has received both a Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship and a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Students of Color Entering the Teaching Profession, which combined will provide up to $46,000 for graduate school study. According to a news release from her college is majoring in public policy analysis with a concentration in the Africa/African Diaspora. In South Africa, she is taking courses in sociology/diversity studies, African studies, Arabic and criminology. She is involved with the University of Cape Town’s Treatment Action Committee, which tries to encourage the South African government to roll out antiretroviral AIDS treatment and works to create awareness about HIV prevention. She is training to conduct workshops in prisons about AIDS, HIV and treatment.

For the Truman Scholarship, Rasheed was one of 75 scholars selected from 602 candidates nominated by 299 colleges and universities. Truman Scholarships provide $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government.

Rasheed is one of 25 winners of a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship. Fellows receive $12,000 for one year or $16,000 for two years of full-time study in master’s level programs in teacher education or a related field.

Rasheed found out that she won the two scholarships after waiting in a long line to check her e-mail at the University of Cape Town’s upper campus. When she finally logged on, she noticed an e-mail from Pomona College President David Oxtoby with the subject line “Congratulations.” Confused as to why President Oxtoby would send such an e-mail, she held off opening it. Then she noticed another e-mail that said “Welcome, Truman 2005.” “I closed the e-mail and reopened the e-mail to make sure I wasn’t imagining this,’’ writes Rasheed. “Then I opened the e-mail from President Oxtoby and everything made sense.’’ She scrolled down to see the rest of her e-mail and discovered more good news. She’d won the Rockefeller Brothers Fund award as well.

Rasheed is a resident of East Menlo Park, California.

Sarah Mostafa is 3M State Merit Winner

LANDING,NJ–Sarah Mostafa, a sixth grader from Landing, New Jersey, has been declared the State Merit Winner for New Jersey in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

The competition is the billed as the nation’s   premier science competition for students in grades 5 through 8.

Caremerge selected for prestigious entrepreneurship program

GE healthymagination and StartUp Health, a long-term academy and network for digital health entrepreneurs, recently  announced the first thirteen companies selected to join a three-year Entrepreneurship Program to accelerate growth for consumer health companies.

More than 400 companies from 22 countries applied. The thirteen companies selected represent a broad spectrum of health innovation  focusing on aging, health sensors, patient engagement, mobile health, care coordination, big data, analytics and diagnostics, among other areas of innovation.

Among the selected companies is the Chicago based Caremerge co-founded by Asif Khan, Michael Davolt and Fahad Aziz. They are on a mission to transform healthcare coordination for seniors and their families. Caremerge is a communication, care coordination and transitions platform with an immediate focus on senior healthcare. The Caremerge mobile/web apps allow care providers, families, caregivers and patients to access and exchange key information to facilitate efficiency and timely care decisions.

Staten Islanders honoured at Pakistan independence day celebrations

STATEN ISLAND,NY–The Pakistani Civic Association of Staten Island celebrated the the 66th independence day of Pakistan by honoring four area residents at a function organized at the Snug Harbor Cultural Centre & Botanical Garden.

According to press reports the four recipients have long records of service to the community. The honorees included Police Chief Thomas Chan, Saleem S. Rizvi, Azim M. Mian and Dr. Michael Louis Moretti.

Chan, an NYPD veteran since 1982, was appointed in April to head the department’s Community Affairs Bureau.

He has served as adjutant for Patrol Borough Staten Island and was the commanding officer for Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, the School Safety Division, the 5th Precinct in Manhattan and Manhattan South Detective Operations.

Rizvi is an attorney whose practice covers corporate, commercial, real estate, bankruptcy and immigration law. He also hosts two shows on the Dish Network, where he shares his legal analyses, and has been called upon by the major networks to offer legal commentary.

Mian is the United Nations correspondent for Pakistani media outlets. He has reported on the General Assembly and covered the presidential debates and conventions last year. He has also interviewed UN ambassadors and diplomats throughout his 35-year career.

Dr. Michael Louis Moretti is chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton, and an adjunct research scientist for the Institute for Basic Research. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine.

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