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Decatur Housing Authority honors student residents with academic scholarships

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Decatur Housing Authority honors student residents with academic scholarships

Left to Right: Artesha Channey (City of Decatur), Fardosa Hassan (Graduate), and Portia Langley (City of Decatur). Photo provided by the Decatur Housing Authority. (Credit: Greg White and Lee Williams.)
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On Wednesday, May 29, the Decatur Housing Authority held its 28th annual Excellence Awards ceremony, recognizing student residents of the housing authority for their academic achievements.

According to Doug Faust, executive director of the DHA, the Excellence Awards are scholarships given to high school seniors and other adults who live in the DHA so that they can attend college or technical schools. Each year, the DHA authorizes approximately $30,000 to $40,000 in scholarships, but this year, the board will fund over $41,000.

The DHA offers three types of scholarships. The Initial Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who successfully graduate high school and submit an application for the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (GAHRA) Scholarship Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school seniors who successfully receive a diploma or GED and miss the deadline for the Initial Scholarship can receive the Continuing Education Scholarships. These scholarships are also awarded to previous scholarship winners who are in good standing in education at a college or university, and adults looking to further their education.

Lastly, the Adult Education Scholarships enable adult residents to pursue their educational goals and seek scholarships to support their educational costs, Faust said.

Additionally, last night’s ceremony recognized the DHA’s Successfully Teaching Academic Readiness – or STAR – after-school program. The program, which has operated for 32 years, serves 92 low-income kindergarten through fifth grade students through tutoring, homework, reading and enrichment classes.

Faust believes the DHA’s focus on education helps its young residents achieve more.

“Our efforts with the scholarships […] empower our youth within our affordable housing to excel and achieve their personal goals,” he said. “Many of our students have achieved phenomenal educational successes with GPAs over 4.0 while being vital and giving members of the community by engaging in extraordinary community service and volunteering.”

This year’s recipients are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students – 19 Continuing Education Scholarships

Name Amount Prev. Scholarships Bio
Eman Abdul Mahdi

 

 

$1,000 3rd Kennesaw State University

Major: Accounting

Plans on getting CPA after graduation

Mohamed Abdul Mahdi $1,000 3rd

 

Kennesaw State University

Major: Industrial Engineering Technology

Plans to get Masters in Industrial Engineering

Amina Atik $1,000 4th Attends Georgia State University

Nursing is her major and she will graduate this year

Bana Atik $1,000 3rd Georgia State University

Major: Marketing

Career goal: MBA

Maynun Ahmed

 

 

$1,000 Attending Columbus State University

Major: Biology

Wants to get Master’s degree and work as Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner

Lulu Atik $1,000 3rd Georgia State University

Major- Speech Communications

Plans to pursue a post-secondary degree at University of Georgia

Wants to work abroad

Fadumo Dayib

 

 

$1,000 3rd Georgia State University

Major: Criminal Justice

Wants to get more than one degree

Faiza Haji

 

 

$1,000 2nd Agnes Scott

Major: International Relations

Career goal: communications specialist with the United Nations

Walied Haji

 

 

$500 2nd

 

 

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Major: Automotive Technology

Career goal is to have own auto repair shop

Mia Houston $1,000 3rd University of West Georgia

Major: Social and Behavioral Health

Career goal: Social Worker

Abubakar Noor

 

$1,000 Major: Accounting

Attending: Georgia State University

Khadija Noor

 

 

$1,000 Major: Early Education

Attending: Georgia State University

Career goal: to be a teacher

Antwan Person $1,000 2nd Major: Mechanical Engineering

Attending: GA Southern

Fartun Sheikh $1,000 2nd Major: Psychology

Attending: GA State University

Career goal: become occupational therapist

Muslimo Sheikh $1,000 3rd

 

Georgia State University

Major: Journalism

Career goal: travel journalist or public relations

Ashari Smith $1,000 3rd Albany State University

Major: Biology

Wants to get Master’s degree and pursue Doctor of Chiropractic  Medicine

Choyce Smith

 

 

$1,000 5th Albany State University

Major in Nursing

Wants to become Obstetric nurse

Abdiaziz Yussuf

 

 

$1,000 2nd Major: Psychology

Attending Georgia State University

Career goal: become a sport therapist

Isha Yussuf

 

 

 

 

 

$1,000

 

 

3rd

 

Clayton State University

Major: History & Secondary Education

Will earn associates degree this summer

Career goal: high school teacher

 

 

 

2 Adult Scholarships

Ayeshah Ashford $500 3rd Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Major: Business Administrative Technology

On President’s List of Academic Scholars

 Quonisha Jackson

 

$500 Plus $1500 from DEF is  $2000 2nd Attends GA Piedmont Tech

Major: Early Childhood Education

Wants to become a special ed teacher

Special Congratulations for receiving a Decatur Education Foundation ECE Scholarship of $2,000 too!

 

New Scholarships – 12 New student scholarships for High School Seniors in 2019

Name Bio Amount
Keyona Wade

 

 

Major: Sociology

Attending: Georgia State

Career goal: become a social worker in foster care

$1,000 now and $1,000 for three more years

For a total of $4,000

Antonio Kilgore Major: Theology & Biology

Attending: University of the Cumberlands

Vice-President of the Career Association Club

Awarded a $1000 DEF Scholarship too!

$1,000 now and $1000 for three more years for a total of $4,000 Plus $1,000 from DEF is  $5000
Montavious Dawson Plans to attend Fort Valley State University

Part of Youth Action Team and Decatur Prevention Initiative

$1,250 now and $1000 for three more years

For a total of $4,000

Tamisha Johnson Fort Valley State University

Talented makeup artist and hair stylist

Member of DHS Cheer and Dance Team

$1,250 now and $1000 for three more years

For a total of $4,250

Khalid Noor

 

 

Plans to attend Georgia Perimeter College

Member of Hip Hop Therapy Group

Interested in Psychology

$1,250 now and $1000 for three more years

For a total of $4,250

Tyrell Hall Plans to Attend Fort Valley State University

Was a member of Decatur High School Basketball team for all 4 years of high school

$1,500 now and $1000 for three more years

For a total of $4,500

Tamia Swint

 

 

Plans to attend College

Tutored children and volunteered at a nursing home.

Started a Girl Talk Club and was President of that club

$1,750 now and $1000 for three more years

For a total of $4,750

Ashley Seaborn Plans to attend Albany State University

Volunteers at her local community center and food bank

$2,000 now and $1000 for three more years

For a total of $5,000

Emily Seats-Jordan Plans to attend Fort Valley State University

Co-captain for DHS girls varsity basketball

Dual enrollment and worked at Krystal’s and Wendy’s

$2,250 now and $1000 for three more years

For a total of $5,250

Martize Smith Plans to attend University of the Cumberlands

Played for the Decatur High Varsity Football team-running back

Solo debut broadcasted on GA Public Broadcasting

JROTC Participant

Award a $1,000 DEF Scholarship too!

$2,500 now and $1000 for three more years

For a total of $5,500 Plus $1000 from DEF is  $6500

Fardosa Hassan Plans to attend University of Georgia

Helped organize the first-ever International Night at Decatur High School

Very active in Model UN

Awarded a $6,000 DEF Scholarship for four years, too!

$2,750 now and $1000 for three more years

For a total of $5,750 Plus $24,000 from DEF is  $29,750

Mario Bembry Highest Scholarship Award Winner

Plans to attend Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona

Pursuing a law degree

He is a social justice warrior

Attended GA Piedmont Tech and had earned over 40 college credits already.

Awarded a $1,000 DEF scholarship too!

 

·        GAHRA Scholarship by the DHA Board.

·        Competed w/students from all over Georgia

·        Awarded GAHRA’s second highest scholarship

·        $1,000 a year for four years or $4,000.

$3,000 now and $1000 for three more years

For a DHA total of total of $6,000

Plus $4,000 from GAHRA

Plus $1000 from DEF is a total of $11,000

Source: Decatur Housing Authority 

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