2020 Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarship Winners Announced

2020 Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarship Winners Announced

During a ceremonial zoom call with more than 50 participants, Carlessia Hussein and the Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo) announced the 41 recipients of the 2020 Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarships. The ceremony featured inspirational words from several local leaders, including Howard County Executive, Calvin Ball, scholarship founder and namesake, Carlessia Hussein, HCPSS Executive Director of Community, Parent and School Outreach, James LeMon, and CFHoCo President & CEO, Beverly White-Seals.

Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarships are dedicated for African American, Latino or Native American males who are enrolled in a Howard County public middle schools. The funds cover tuition and related expenses associated with participating in “qualified programs” that provide opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and unique experiences to enable them to successfully complete school and become life-long leaders in their community. There is up to $25,000 available, approximately $350 per week of camp per applicant.

Watch the ceremony and speeches here.

Dr. Hussein started her career as a nurse and two decades later earned her doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her career she made a significant impact on population health at the local and state levels. Interlaced in her more than 50‐year career, has been a commitment to the health of minority, underrepresented and underserved populations.

Dr. Hussein believes, by virtue of circumstances beyond their control, that some children need additional help to reach their full potential. She strongly believes that by reaching out to one child at a time you can affect the lives of many people. Through this scholarship Dr. Hussein is able to offer that much needed support to children in their more formative years to ensure they are “on the right track.” To that end, this scholarship provides children access to programs that encourage leadership, academic achievement, character development, expand problem‐solving skills and engender a sense of community.

This scholarship is Dr. Hussein’s way of “passing it on.” For more information, review the guidelines and application. An updated qualified programs list can be found here. Students that have previously received this scholarship, and continue to meet eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply again.

The list of 2020 Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarship Winners (alphabetical by school):

Bonnie Branch Middle School

Brandon Chevez Ocampo

Jasper Vasquez Vallejo

Harper’s Choice Middle School

Adebowale Adeleye

Jason Anaya Cuellar

Axel Carranza-Celis

Mathew Depeine

Jaiden Foulks

Darian Harvin

Giancarlo Martinez-Alarcon

Brandon Rivera-Cacerez

Jerome Taylor

Isaiah Terry

Omari Vanier

Jayden Wynn-Franco

Lake Elkhorn Middle School

Joshua Andrews

David Andrews

Arnez Megginson

Ni’ren Taylor

Mayfield Woods Middle

Gensel Deras

Diego Lugo Ortiz

Ariel Pena-Rivera

Miguel Ramirez Marquez

Miguel Rodriguez

Jonathan Ruiz Garcia

Alvaro Torres Rodriguez

Murray Hill Middle School

Damian Cabrera

Bryan Lopez Montoya

Daniel Sixtos Grande

Jonathan Torres

Oakland Mills Middle School

Steven Martinez-Preza

Christian Murillo-Chicas

Brandon Tepetitla

David Velasquez Martinez

Pedro Villatoro-Flores

Patuxent Valley Middle School

Carlos Blanco Hernandez

Josiah Garcia

Thomas Viaduct Middle School

Sein Perez Arias

Daniel Ramirez Lopez

Tito Salazar

Wilde Lake Middle School

Myles Storey

Jabron Waters