Sankofa is a word of Ghanaian origin, which teaches us to look to our past and pave the way for those following behind us as we move towards our own future. I started the Spirit of Sankofa Scholarship last year to find those students who, like me in high school, have a true compassion for and dedication to their community. Shortly after establishing the scholarship I founded a grassroots community organization called Wisdom From The Field. Now a part of WFTF and our campaign to bring unity to our community, the Sankofa Scholarship is here for a second year. There were 3 awards, each for $500 and the eligibility can be found on our Scholarship Page.
There was no GPA requirement because I maintain that it does a disservice to our community to measure our potential for success with letters and numbers on a paper. Instead it is our passion and compassion that drive us to do what we do and provides the true measure of potential. This is what we wish to bring out in our youth and our community as a whole. With that, the primary determining factor was the youth’s response to the application essay question, which challenged the students to use their life’s experiences and narrative as a means to convey their desire to embrace the spirit of Sankofa to become devices of change in our community.
With that, we received some great responses and are honored to be a part of these young people’s journeys. They truly surpassed our expectations and you can undoubtedly expect great things from all of these applicants. I had the pleasure of attending King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science’s Senior Awards Night to present the award to our three winners (all of which came from K/D). It is my honor and privilege to say congratulations to: Zoey Cigar-Hodge, Toluwaloshe Ayo-Ariyo, and Phillip Aubrey! To find out more about each Sankofa Scholar and why they were chosen, watch out for scholar profiles to drop on WFTF soon!