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Thank you to all of the generous NYU annual fund donors who supported talented young students across the University!

Nana Apraku (Stern ’18)

1831 Fund Scholarship Recipient

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES:
During the week, I work at a child daycare center in Chinatown through the JumpStart program. I teach kids from low income areas so they can achieve a meaningful education. I also participate in SEAD, a diversity program in Stern to meet new people.

A MESSAGE OF THANKS:
Being accepted into the Leonard N. Stern School of Business was a life changing achievement for me. Choosing to attend Stern depended very much on financial aid and outward support from people who believed in me and my future. My mother is an immigrant from Ghana and was never able to attend college but she instilled in me the importance of receiving a quality education. I am enjoying my time here at NYU and, although I encounter some challenges, I simply remember that people like my mother and you are counting on me to succeed. Thank you for everything!

 

Jesamine Lee (SCPS ’17)

1831 Fund Scholarship Recipient

WHICH NYU COURSE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHY?
China: Cultures and Contexts requires a hefty amount of reading, but the topic that I found most interesting was the process of the Chinese people forming an identity. I learned that identity, whether it is a person or a country's, is the most important factor in politics.

A MESSAGE OF THANKS:
I am amazed by the generosity that I have received for my academic pursuits and am incredibly grateful for support from the 1831 Fund. This scholarship has proven to me that there are people who believe that I can succeed and become a leader in whichever field I study.


CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES:
Encounter Christian Fellowship, Hotel Business Society, Icing on the Cake

WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING BOOK OR ARTICLE YOU'VE READ IN THE PAST YEAR?
I started reading 1984 by George Orwell, and slowly but surely, I am nearing the end of the incredibly haunting yet heart-clawing novel. I am constantly comparing the book to the present day, and Orwell is able to put into words the horror of brainwashing through social media.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
I want to be an entrepreneur in the food/beverage industry like David Chang of Momofuku Co. I also hope to travel to Europe to learn the art of pastry-making and also to China to learn more about the booming tourism industry.


Pavan Mahtani (STERN ’17)

1831 Fund Scholarship Recipient

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES:
I am a member of the NYU Pandemonium Fusion Dance Team, the Investment Analysis Group, and the Quantitative Finance Society. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, playing guitar, lifting weights, and taking jogs around the city.

A MESSAGE OF THANKS:
It is impossible to express my full gratitude in just a few words. I really appreciate your contribution to helping me further my education. It is an amazing feeling knowing that my parents are proud of their son and proud of the community that that they have sent me to, and for that, I thank you tremendously.


WHICH NYU COURSE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHY?

During my first semester at NYU, my favorite course has been Microeconomics. I've always been interested in economics and the way economic models can try to predict consumer and market behavior. It's very enlightening to be able to understand some of the underlying concepts that define our lives.

WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING BOOK OR ARTICLE YOU'VE READ IN THE PAST YEAR?
The most interesting book I have read this year is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It really opens your eyes to an inspiring perspective on life and supports the notion of following your dreams and confronting challenges without letting the fear of failing hold you back.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
Because I believe education is the most important investment, I hope to earn my MBA. After graduation, I hope to have attained enough business knowledge, tools and experience to continue and expand my family's business, fulfilling the dreams of my father, grandfather and uncles.


Abbey Wemimo (WAG ’17)

Wagner GSPS Annual Alumni Fund Scholarship Recipient

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO AFTER GRADUATION?
After graduation, I would like to manage my social venture Clean Water for Everyone (cwfe.org) - an organization that provides access to clean water around the world. In the near future, I want to play an active role in the political environment developing public policies and educational reform.

A MESSAGE OF THANKS:
I want to express my deepest gratitude for your support. My experiences at NYU Wagner allow me to transform my personal commitment into public leadership and devote my life to fight for the powerless, stand up for women, and never give up on the hopeless. I am a fervent advocate that education should be the paramount investment in any child’s life as it expands the intellectual frame of reference.


CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES:
Vice President, Wagner Student Alliance for Africa

WHICH NYU COURSE HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE, AND WHY?
Politics of International Development, taught by Professor Gershman, allows me to put theory to practice.

WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING BOOK OR ARTICLE YOU'VE READ IN THE PAST YEAR?
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz. This book highlights lessons learned from global poverty and powerful new ways of tackling it.

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