November 11, 2018

Give the Gift of Education

You too can give the gift of a Columbia education. 

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Charlene Adhiambo '20CC, BAC Scholarship recipient.  

"I am so thankful for having received a scholarship from the Black Alumni Council. Knowing that I have the support of alumni who understand the particular challenges and triumphs of attending Columbia, has only made me more motivated as a student. Furthermore, I treasure the connections I have fostered with members of the Black Alumni Council as a result, and hope to one day sponsor a Columbia student once I am an alum". 

Charlene is a third year English major with interests in creative writing and African diaspora studies. Originally from Kenya, Charlene immigrated to the United States at a young age and lived in Atlanta, Georgia before entering Columbia College. 

Charlene has a passion for international travel and recently contributed an op-ed on the subject to the Columbia Daily Spectator, "Rethinking Study Abroad as a Way to Discover Myself". The photo above, is from the op-ed, by Margaret Maguire 'BC, for Columbia Daily Spectator

The BAC Scholarship Fund campaign, chaired by Tiffany Bryant '08CC, is off to a great start. Following Giving Day 2018, $19,700 has been raised from 172 donors! (Last year on Giving Day 2017 BAC had raised $13k from 113 donors.) In this academic year 2018-19 campaign our goal is to reach 350 individual donors by June 30 to fulfill a matching gift challenge of $10k bonus from a generous Black alumnus. 

Charlene is pictured below (center) with two other recent BAC Scholars, Braxton Gunter ’18CC (left), Adefunke Sonaike '16CC (right), at the 2018 BAC Heritage Award and Scholarship Reception. 

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