The Making A Difference Foundation (MADF) of Tacoma, Washington announces it’s 2019 scholarship awards to six students attending college throughout the nation.
The Making A Difference Foundation and its President and Founder, Ahndrea Blue, believes that education is the greatest equalizer and force for change. “MADF remains committed to assisting people within our community gain the resources they need to make positive changes in their lives. Through this scholarship program, we are helping dedicated college students not only achieve their dreams but to also making a difference, so they can change the world for the better,” Ms. Blue said.
The MADF makes a difference in education by providing scholarships annually to individuals who are furthering their education. They also partner with schools, non-profits, churches, and other programs by making financial contributions to their educational programs. Scholarships are selected by the MADF Scholarship Selection Committee and awards are made in the amount of $1,500 to individual students to apply toward college education expenses including cost of tuition, books, supplies, room and/or board.
2019 Scholarship Awardees
Anaiis Dunbar: Anaiis Dunbar is an incoming freshman at New York University. As a first-generation college student, he will study Business Administration and Marketing in Stern Business School. He has big dreams to become an entrepreneur and start his own marketing company that develops and designs digital advertisements for businesses of color. Today, he continues to volunteer at Fife/Milton Food Bank on a weekly basis to provide food, clothing, and shelter to clients in need. His favorite quote: “Are you an open book or an open library? Because an open book can only tell one story, but an open library can tell many stories” – Unknown
Chardonnay Beaver: Chardonnay Beaver’s passion for service and leadership started at a very young age when she joined the Girl Scouts at Madrona K-8. Throughout her high school career, she was involved with many youth-led activist organizations and held the title of Class President for three years. She is a first-generation college student with plans to enter University of Washington as a freshman. She is majoring in political science with a double minor in African-American literature and business. After earning her bachelor’s degree, her goal is to attend law school and earn her judiciary degree. It is her aspiration to change the narrative of the legal field by fighting the low statistics surrounding black women in the legal field. Her favorite quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jocelyn Jaureui: As a freshman at Chico State, Jocelyn Jaureui is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree as a first-generation college student. Her career goals include receiving a Nurse Practitioner degree and getting a job as an Oncology Nurse. Afterwards, she wants to return to her community of Compton, California, a place where she was involved in many community service efforts to beautify the neighborhood and provide care packages for the homeless. As a nurse, she plans to continue serving the population by helping local clinics treat patients in the area. Her favorite quote: “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama
Hana Bezabeh: Hana Bezabeh is starting her college career as a freshman at University of Washington Seattle. As a first-generation student and a child of immigrant parents, she joined many service work projects including the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, the Boys and Girls Club, and Swedish Hospital. In college, she will study Pre-health Sciences with goals to become either a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant. She is inspired by those who provide medical help to third-world countries and has made it her responsibility to travel to her parents’ homeland of Ethiopia to be a part of the effort to bring quality health care to those in need. Her favorite quote: “Yes it happened, but it’s not where I’m headed. Yes I did it, but it’s not who I am. Yes it’s my history, but it’s not my destiny because I have editorial authority.” – Elevation Church
Jaree Redmond: Jaree Redmond is a junior at Seattle Pacific University and plans on turning his associate’s degree into a Health Science Bachelor of Arts degree. Afterwards, he wants to pursue a graduate degree in the same field to get his teaching credentials. His goals include coaching basketball in a high school setting in order to gain the skills needed to train at the collegiate level. He strives to become the first person from his family to graduate college while facing diversity and discovering his full potential. His favorite quote: “Great leaders create great teams. It is important how you get to the finish line but more important who crosses it with you.” – Unknown
Kristina Dyar: As a junior at Pepperdine University, Kristina Dyar studies Clinical Psychology with the mindset of helping others that have suffered through similar adversities. As a first-generation college student, she knows the stigma of having dreams that are much bigger than her environment. She has plans to become a licensed marriage and family therapist to help the people in her community that are impacted by varying mental illnesses. Her favorite quote: “Laughter is to the soul as water is to a garden, blooming season is always beautiful.” – Unknown
Interested applicants can find out more information about the scholarship program, including application requirements and deadlines, on The Making A Difference Foundation’s website (www.themadf.org). Eligibility requirements include being a U.S. citizen, demonstrate a financial need, and be enrolled in an accredited college, school, or university. Past scholarship awardees can apply annually up to a maximum of 4 years. Photos of scholarship winners are available upon request.