This Year's Recipients
Our three scholarship winners were presented at a luncheon on May 18, 2016. All of our winners are exceptional students in the School of Professional Studies and are also employees of Northwestern University in a variety of departments and fields of study.
Antonia Clifford is a project manager in the IMPACT LGBT Health & Development program at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She seeks a Medical Degree in Psychiatry in order to practice with youth and young adults suffering emergent chronic mental health disorders. During her internship at Teen Living Program, a transitional housing program for young adults in Chicago, she directly witnessed the impact of psychiatric diagnoses and their aftermath on the lives of young people. She says, “A strong motivation for seeking a medical degree is to understand and address the reasons behind physical and mental health disparities.” Beyond the office, she has led peer support groups, planned events for suicide survivors, and volunteers at a Crisis Text Line for teens.
A program coordinator for the Center for Civic Engagement at Northwestern University, Micaela Moran is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration to increase her understanding of public policy and its impact on society, particularly on education and the non-profit sector. Micaela served as an AmeriCorps member for two years through Project YES (Youth Education Service) at the Northwestern Settlement in Chicago. Then she went to work at Northwestern Settlement managing the AmeriCorps program for another two years. She now serves on the young professionals board for the Settlement. At the Center for Civic Engagement, she manages Jumpstart, a program for early childhood literacy aimed at closing the school readiness gap. The Jumpstart teams she manages serve at community-based preschools in Evanston and Rogers Park.
Eneke Frank Mwakasisi is a research administrator at the Feinberg School of Medicine and is working towards a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration. Her long-term goal is to be a Department Administrator at a research hospital. Through her studies she is learning about the policies and politics of money and medicine, about how to be a successful negotiator, and about organizational and performance management. She is also a dedicated mentor to young immigrant Tanzanian women through the Midwest chapter of the Tanzania Community Association. Eneke uses her experiences as an immigrant to help high school and college age African women adjust to American culture and adulthood. Even while working a second part-time job, Eneke is an avid runner dreaming of the Chicago Marathon in October 2016.