2018 Women in Focus I Have a Dream
What Dr. King Had in Mind
from family and friends who were in attendance.
The 2018 Women in Focus Scholarship recipients are:
Janet & Alfonso Studeville Scholarship
Ousman Darboe, Madison College - Ousman is West-African native from the country Gambia. In July 2012 Ousman fled from his home country to the United States for
the safety of his life, due to his activist work around human rights. Ousamn is currently attending Madison College pursuing his degree in Accounting.
Miss Annie Mae Scholarship
Shaquida Johnson, Upper Iowa University – Shaquida is pursuing a degree in human services and wants to work for child protective services to keep children
inside their homes
High School Scholarships
Eric Armenta, West High School – Eric wants to attain his four year college degree in business, and then start his own nonprofit to support Madison most
marginalized families. Eric has interned for University Housing at UW and also for BMO Harris Bank. He volunteered at Centro Hispano, Second Harvest and Habitat
Jackie Barrera-Gonzalez, La Follette High School – Jackie will be pursuing an elementary education at UW-Madison. This will allow Jackie to give back to her
family, community and become the teacher she has always envisioned herself being.
Nyagoah Biel, East High School - Nyagoah has prepared for college through AVID/TOPS and the UW Information Technology Academy. She will be studying genetics
at UW-Madison.Nyagoah helped out with the Dane County Timebank youth court and the African American Youth Council.
Tiana Brown, East High School – Tiana will be studying biology at UW-Madison. . She plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, as she feels strongly that
animals should receive the ethical treatment that they deserve, and wants to be a part of that vision.
Mariana Gandolfo Bustamante, Verona Area High School – Mariana was awarded a National Hispanic Recognition Award for scoring in the top 2.5 percent of Latinos
in the region on the PSAT.
By Jonathan Gramling
What is beautiful about Women in Focus’ annual I Have a Dream Reception is
that Women in Focus doesn’t give lip service to Dr. King’s dream and beloved
community. They try to fulfill it. Not only is the group of scholarship winners
diverse in racial, ethnic and income, but the members work hard to raise
meaningful money for the scholarships so that the students have more to
dream on ass they pursue their academic dreams. Their scholarship amounts
give real opportunity to these students to succeed.
On April 26, Women in Focus handed out 14 scholarships to graduating
seniors and continuing students at the Goodman Community Center. What is
also nice about the I Have a Dream Scholarship Award Reception is that it
awards the scholarships with warmth, dignity and class. After Lynn Brown, a
former scholarship recipient and second generation Women in Focus gave the
keynote speech, One by one the students came to the front as a member of
Women in Focus read a brief bio about the students and why they are so
deserving of the awards. And then, of course, there was the heavy applause
Akil Cooper, East High School - Akil would
like to go into a creative field where he can
use his passion and skills to give back to
the community. He sees himself as a
teacher in a charter school or alternative
school, where he can guide and support
disadvantaged youth and young adults. Akil
competed and won regionals in the drawing
category in the NAACP’s Afro-Academic,
Cultural, Technological and Scientific
Olympics three years in a row.
Jhanae Harris, La Follette High School –
Jhanae plans to attend Prairie View A&M
and study architecture. Jhanae teaches hip-
hop dance to students at Whitehorse Middle
School every week. She is a member of the
singing group Trilogy, which they use to
spread positive messages.J hanae has
twice won gold medals at the NAACP Dane
County ACT-SO competition and participated
in the National NAACP’s Arts and
Entertainment Intensive in LA.
Fatoumatta Kolley, Sun Prairie High School
– Fatoumatta plans to major in international
business and social entrepreneurship with
a minor in French and a master’s degree in
nursing. Fatou has been active developing
her business acumen through CEOs of
Tomorrow’s These Teens Mean Business
Program and as a Forward Fest volunteer.
Fatou was also active with the
ConNEXTions Program, the Synergy
Excelerator Program, the Sunshine Supper
and the WWBIC annual luncheon.
Thuy-Trang Le, East High School – Thut-Tran
plans to study neurobiology and plans to
become a doctor of medical researcher
Mailor Lor, West High School - Mailor plans
to complete the dental hygiene program at
Madison College and to find work in a
dental office in Madison.
Nathan Seward, La Follette High School –
Nathan plans to study criminal justice at UW-
Whitewater and would like to become a
Tenzin Woeser, East High School - Tenzin
will attend UW Madison where she will
pursue a degree in medicine and
international studies. Tenzin wants to
become a surgical P.A. and medical
researcher to give back to her community
and aid Tibetans medically.