NAAAP-NY Future Leaders Scholarship Fund Recipients

2015 Elizabeth Yim2015 Glenn YuTangirul Islam
(Left to Right): Elizabeth Yim, Glenn Yu, Tangirul Islam

NAAAP-NY is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 NAAAP-NY Future Leaders Scholarship Fund. We received in excess of 45 applications and can truly say that it was a very difficult decision to narrow down all the excellent candidates to the final 3 winners. Applicants were evaluated on their leadership and academic performance through community involvement, extracurricular activities, critical thinking skills, and financial need.

In addition to meeting and exceeding these criteria, the scholarship committee also looked for the passion and drive that a candidate has to one day share their expanded leadership skills with the NAAAP community and the community at large.

The scholarship recipients are as follows:
Elizabeth Yim, Hunter College High School
Glenn Yu, Hunter College High School
Tangirul Islam, Bronx Science

Each award recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship for use towards college expenses.  In addition to the monetary award, NAAAP-NY is offering scholars subsequent mentoring and career advisory services to build true leaders for our community.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to every student who submitted an entry.

Below are bios on each of our scholarship winners.

Elizabeth Yim

What is your favorite color? Turquoise
What is your favorite music genre? Pop, R&B, Rap
What is your favorite activity? Golf & photography

Personal Story:
After attending PS18 and MS67, I attended Hunter College High School from 7th to 12th grade. As a high school student, I became very involved in my school and community. As one of the members of my school’s first Girls’ Varsity Golf Team, I was incredibly honored when I was named captain. As a member of the team, I learned about the importance of teamwork, ambition, hard work, and leadership. Additionally, this experience has boosted my self-confidence and has
allowed myself to challenge myself to be at the forefront of the healthcare and research fields. As an intern at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I have conducted independent research projects on breast cancer and I have learned about the truly collaborative nature of research. At New York Hospital Queens, I have learned about patient care and hospitality as the Volunteer Leader in the emergency department. As a teen health intern at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, I have learned about how to promote messages of healthy living to my peers. All of these experiences have shaped me into the compassionate, analytical, aspiring physician I am today.

What the NAAAP Scholarship Means to Me:
I have always known that I wanted to become a doctor, and with the support from the NAAAP-NY family, I know that I am one step closer to fulfilling my dreams. I know that becoming a physician will not only be emotionally and mentally taxing, but financially as well, and my family and I are so grateful to NAAAP for supporting us by helping to fund my higher education. Winning this scholarship has eased my worries of the financial toll my medical school tuition will take on my parents and has reminded me that there is no limit to what I wish to achieve. I am so honored to become a part of the NAAAP-NY family and cannot wait to become involved in this wonderful community.

Glenn Yu

What is your favorite color? Cardinal Red
What is your favorite music genre? Alternative Rock
What is your favorite activity? Badminton

Personal Story:
I’ve lived in Brooklyn my entire life and went to the local elementary and middle schools, P.S. 176 and I.S. 187, before making the transition to Hunter College High School. I’ve always been an active kind of person, which manifests itself in a few ways. I really enjoy sports and like to be outside whenever I can. I’m pretty willing to try new things for the thrill of it, which has led to many memorable experiences, including watching a friend eat ten hot dogs at 3 AM. Outside of school, I’ve done laboratory research and volunteered at an all-girls charter school. Recently, I’ve taken on an interest in philosophy and I hope to continue studying it alongside the math and sciences in college.

What the NAAAP Scholarship Means to Me:
It means that instead of having to work for pay during the school year, I can seek other ways of contributing and giving back to the community. It gives me a chance to just do what I enjoy and pursue it fully. I’m also looking forward to joining the NAAAP community and hope to help start a collegiate chapter next year.

Tangirul Islam

What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite music genre? Rap
What is your favorite activity? Working Out

Personal Story:
I grew up in Queens. I went to Bronx Science and will be attending New York University. I will be on the premed track with a major in public policy. I want to become a cardiologist because of personal events in my family regarding their health. I’ve been involved in a youth advocacy program called CCC and a member of my school’s speech and debate team.

What the NAAAP Scholarship Means to Me:
The scholarship gives me more than just a check. It provides me with a mentor who can help me with college and who can provide me with a network of opportunities. I believe that the mentorship will truly make a difference in our careers. It also eased a huge burden off my parent’s shoulders regarding tuition. Overall, I’m very excited and honored to be receiving this scholarship and entering this amazing network of professionals.

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