Scholarship Fundraiser for Minority Youth to celebrate Dr. Carlessia Hussein’s 80th Birthday

September 1, 2016

 Scholarship Fundraiser for Minority Youth to celebrate
Dr. Carlessia Hussein’s 80th Birthday

 WHO:            Dr. Carlessia Hussein, Chair of the Howard County Board of Health
Retired Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Howard County representatives to the Maryland General Assembly and a Senator from the Maryland State Senate are expected to speak at this event.  Among the confirmed attendees are community leaders, physicians and public health professionals, educators, Community Foundation of Howard County officials, faith-based individuals, and persons concerned about promoting opportunities for all children in Howard County. Art work by J. Carlton French linked to the theme of opportunities for youth will be on display.

WHY:           To raise money for the Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarship Fund, established last year at the Community Foundation of Howard County  to award scholarships for African American and Hispanic males in Howard County who live in communities of poverty.  Dr. Hussein views this population as an “endangered species” because of the role that poverty plays in limiting opportunities for achievement and success in life. While the actual number of these males in Howard County is small compared to other areas, the significance is high in terms of the toll on their families, cost to the county and loss of potentially valuable human capital.

Scholarships were awarded to ten male middle schoolers in May 2016, the first year of this program.  The recipients attended seven middle schools, each of which had sizeable numbers of students who receive free or reduced lunch benefits.  The scholarships allowed these young men to participate in a variety of leadership and enrichment experiences over the summer break.

WHEN:          Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 6-9:00 pm

WHERE:        Seasons 52 Restaurant at Columbia Mall
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD

About Dr. Carlessia Hussein:

Dr. Hussein has dedicated over 50 years to public health service within a variety of healthcare delivery and health promotion settings on both the west and east coasts of the US.  She has done substantive work in reducing health disparities, promoting health equity, addressing unconscious bias, improving patient (client) healthcare experience, and linking communities to health policy and legislative opportunities for change. To learn more about The Hussein Scholarship Program, email Dr. Hussein at  or view her website at

About the Community Foundation of Howard County:

Founded in 1969 as The Columbia Foundation, the Community Foundation of Howard County has awarded more than $14 million in grants to Howard County nonprofit organizations delivering human service, arts and cultural, educational, and civic programs. Money for the grant programs comes primarily from income generated by the Foundation’s endowment supported by over 300 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals. For more information on the Community Foundation of Howard County, visit or call 410.730.7840.

For more information about the artwork on display:  Contact J. Carlton French at

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