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symone johnson

2018 Award Winner
Symone moved to Philadelphia from California with her family when she was in elementary school and started positioning herself for college right away.

Attending: Bloomsburg University
Award Use: Tuition
Travel Stipend Use: Car rental for college move-in day

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serina franco

2018 Award Winner
Serina hopes to be a motivational youth speaker, formalizing the role she currently plays with friends and other young women she lives with and counsels.

Attending: Kensington Health Sciences Academy
Award Use: TBD
Travel Stipend Use: TBD

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davina loibman

2018 Honorable Mention
Davina arrived at her JMB Award interview fully prepped—she and her grandmother, Davina's steady advocate and advisor, ran a mock interview the night before.

Attending: Penn State Main
Travel Stipend Use: Travel home for a funeral

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Vicktoria Phanthavong

2017 Award Winner
Following a break with her family, Vicktoria kept her eye on her goal to attend college. She maintained her GPA and her commitment to her extracurriculars, including volunteering at her local library.

Attending: Dickinson College
Award Use: Tuition
Travel Stipend Use: Travel home for Thanksgiving

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Qyideera Pasture

2017 Award Winner
Personal and familial challenges helped Qyideera develop a firm inner compass and a strong sense of what she values, who she is, and what she wants to be: a chef. 

Attending: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Award Use: Tuition
Travel Stipend Use: Passport fees for Tour of France school trip

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Angie Ortiz

2017 Honorable Mention
Angie moved with her family from Colombia to the United States when she was eight years old. Uncertain at first, she flourished academically and emotionally, opening herself to every opportunity.

Attending: Fairfield University
Travel Stipend Use: Travel home

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KHanique Cowans

2017 Honorable Mention
Khanique's self-described natural drive has kept her on track, whether it was maintaining a 4.1 cumulative GPA or maintaining her positive attitude during trying times.

Attending: Bucknell University
Travel Stipend Use: Travel home

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REFATHUN MOMO

2016 Award Winner
Refathun aspires to receive a medical degree in the United States before returning to Bangladesh to open two hospitals—one for women and another for girls—groups she sees devalued and sidelined in her home country.

Attending: Saint Joseph's University
Award Use: Summer Hawks Program
Travel Stipend Use: Summer Hawks Program

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NINA MCPHAUL

2016 Honorable Mention
When you meet Nina, you’re immediately struck by her poise, intelligence, warmth, and self-awareness. These traits have grown out of personal trials and familial health scares Nina’s faced with strength and fortitude and from her deep faith.

Attending: Howard University
Award Use: College visits

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AMY CHEN

2015 Award Winner
Amy Chen wowed us from the moment we received her nomination from Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy (SLA).

Attending: Juniata College
Award Use: Tuition
Travel Stipend Use: Generation Progress event

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