Meet the Class of 2020

Our largest class yet of 15 scholars ranges from aspiring architects to humanitarian aid workers to biomedical engineers. Meet an organizer of Black Lives Matter programming, the first male cheerleader in his high school, a Tae Kwon Do blackbelt (who also plays violin and guitar), a budding forensic scientist, a local and civic activist, and so many more outstanding young people from across New York City. It is our privilege to introduce them to you.

Youssef (International Relations, University of Chicago) photo

Youssef (International Relations, University of Chicago)

 “Youssef,” his college counselor wrote, “has always been determined to bring people together, to effect change and to be a voice for others.”

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Tamara (Sociology, Cornell University) photo

Tamara (Sociology, Cornell University)

Tamara’s goal is to be a lawyer, to “work actively to fix the injustices within the criminal justice system and advocate for people who come from communities like mine.”

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Ishrat (Political Science, New York University) photo

Ishrat (Political Science, New York University)

“When I think of Ishrat,” her college counselor wrote, “I immediately think: Advocate.” 

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Nicholas (Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University) photo

Nicholas (Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University)

"I hoped that the chords that resonated from my cello during my concert at Carnegie Hall one night resonated beyond the great hall and into the back house-door where my mother would be enveloped by the strong smells of bleach and ammonia.”

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Makan (Applied Math/Engineering, Columbia University) photo

Makan (Applied Math/Engineering, Columbia University)

“He reminds me of a student that could genuinely make a new discovery or relationship in the mathematical field.”

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Hui (Forensic Science, John Jay College) photo

Hui (Forensic Science, John Jay College)

Asked how she would describe herself, Hui wrote, “A textbook overachiever with rather a loud mind than a loud mouth, combined with a vivid imagination and a strong sense of compassion.”

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Faith (Pre-medical Track, Bates College) photo

Faith (Pre-medical Track, Bates College)

Faith's eventual aim is to be a pediatrician, a goal informed in part by her experience as a hospital volunteer assisting with translations in both Igbo and American Sign Language.

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El-Hassn (Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology) photo

El-Hassn (Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology)

“I can honestly say,” one of his teachers wrote, “that El-Hassn is one of the students to shape my career.”

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Manda (Global Public Health, New York University) photo

Manda (Global Public Health, New York University)

“I’ve known thousands of students in my teaching career, and have found the particular combination of assets Manda possesses is extremely rare."

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Bernadelle (Biomedical Engineering, Boston University) photo

Bernadelle (Biomedical Engineering, Boston University)

Perhaps inspired by her mother, who works in a hospital emergency room, Bernadelle's plan is to major in biomedical engineering, with a goal of making medical devices.

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William (Medicine, Sophie Davis at City College) photo

William (Medicine, Sophie Davis at City College)

A guitar-strumming neuroscientist with a black belt in Taekwondo? Why not? 

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Stephanie (Computer Science, Hunter College Macaulay Honors) photo

Stephanie (Computer Science, Hunter College Macaulay Honors)

“She is one of the most ambitious, determined, resilient and confident young women that I have met.”

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Jessy (Biology, Barnard) photo

Jessy (Biology, Barnard)

“Even in a class full of Stuyvesant’s strongest English students,” one of her teachers wrote, “Jessy was a clear standout.”

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Kayla (Pre-med, Mount Holyoke College) photo

Kayla (Pre-med, Mount Holyoke College)

Of her younger sister, Kayla says, “I want my sister to know that anything is possible.”

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Shaquille (Engineering, Binghamton University) photo

Shaquille (Engineering, Binghamton University)

“I wanted to surround myself with people with the same ambition. They are passionate about life.”

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