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SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR AWARD

2018 SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Chelsea Dougé is a high school senior who acts as a leader in her community. She volunteers at the All Stars Project as a production manager for the Talent Show Network. She became an All Stars volunteer because she wanted to help students like herself showcase their talents beyond the classroom. Being a part of this organization has given her the opportunity to help students express their individuality and creativity on stage. Similarly, Chelsea has spent five years on stage as a modern dancer. She has found a passion in putting together choreography to display in semiannual performances at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Chelsea became a founding member of her high school’s inaugural student body government. She became secretary because she wanted to represent the interests of her classmates and create a better high school experience for her peers. She did this specifically by organizing bake sales, high school dances, and holiday events. Additionally, Chelsea is a writer and reporter for her school’s first monthly newspaper, What’s The Hype. Chelsea continues to write for the debate column because she finds it important for her peers to be aware of issues facing today’s youth. She pushes for the discussion of controversial issues because she believes her generation will be the movers and shakers for change.

CHELSEA DOUGE

My name is Chris-Ann Barnett and I will be attending New York University in the fall. I aspire to be a lawyer and have been working towards that goal for the past four years. I was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to New York in 2010 when I was 9 years old. Since then, I have had to overcome many challenges, including the recurring hospitalization of immediate family members. As a result, I pushed myself in school, becoming the first woman in my immediate family to go to college and eventually graduate with a professional degree. I believe that I would be the perfect scholar of the year because despite the challenges that I have faced, I constantly strive for nothing less than the best and constantly encourage others around me to do so.

CHRIS-ANN BARNETT

My name is Diamond Lewis, I am seventeen years old, and a senior at Brooklyn College Academy. In the fall, I will be attending Smith College as a STEM Posse scholar. I aspire to be a Neonatologist, a doctor who deals with sick and premature babies, because being born premature a Neonatologist once touched my life. By being a Seeds of Fortune scholar for the last three years I have learned how to manage money and I have blossomed as an individual. I believe that I should be be selected as  Scholar of the year because I am a hard working, ambitious, and determined. I balance my many extra curricular activities, including but not limited to: dance, soccer, and cheerleading, with my regular volunteer work at a program called Reading Partners, and school work. I believe that education is a powerful tool for success and is a top priority of mine. Thus being the reason why I am determined to go to college. This scholarship will help fund my dreams and help me to become the phenomenal women I intend to be. 

DIAMOND LEWIS

My name is Kiara Caruth and I attend Brooklyn College Academy High School. I am a senior preparing to enter college within the fall of 2018. I believe I am a great candidate for Scholar of the Year because I have put my best foot forward throughout the process of applying to colleges. Even though it was a challenging journey, I am thankful that I went through it. This process taught me that I have to Want a credible college education in order to make my college dream a reality. I am determined to receive as much financial aid as possible to help pay the cost of college. I am thankful that Seeds of Fortune is awarding this sum of money because it goes to show that the people of this organization believes in me and wants me to believe in myself. Believing in myself is what I need to do in order to succeed as a student and as a person.

KIARA CARUTH

Born in St.Kitts and Nevis, Nayancie Matthews immigrated to New York at the age of seven. She currently attends High School for law advocacy and community justice, she will be attending SUNY Oswego in the Fall. She will be majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in women and gender studies in hopes of one day owning her own immigration firm. She currently works at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in the department of medicine under the Adolescent Education Program. Her work consist mainly for advocating and educating teens and young adults mainly on issues surrounding sexual health such as sexually transmitted disease/ infections and HIV/AIDS. Nayancie also own her private tutoring service for underprivileged youth in New York who are not receiving the individualized attention they need. She's currently on the verge of launching her second business focusing on immigration reform through trending NYC foods.

NAYANCIE MATTHEWS