Noah Branch is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. His scholarship-winning essay appears below. Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have received a significant amount of tutelage, but in recent years there are two people who stick out in my mind as both mentors and inspirations for me: My father and my brother, Joseph. Both men have gone through great … [Read more...]
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Molubah Seley is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. His scholarship-winning essay appears below. “I’m not mad, just disappointed.” If you’ve ever had someone say those words to you, you’ll recall the hurt in letting them down. Dealing with one person is tough; how about your entire family, church and community? I’ve been through the furnace of failure; I … [Read more...]
Sadiyo Dirie is a 2017 Cecil E. Newman Scholarship recipient. Her scholarship-winning essay appears below. When I first started speaking, my first word was Hooyo (mother) I have grown up in her arms: she sacrificed everything for me. She woke up every day early in the morning and made something warm to eat. Before I went to school she used to tell me don’t ever let … [Read more...]
Program aims to reduce higher-education achievement gap in Twin Cities If there is one gift we could give teens for their future, most people agree it would be a college education. But for too many hard-working youth, college seems beyond their reach. In an effort to help reduce the education and prosperity gap in Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas will open The … [Read more...]