2019 Newsletter Articles
Giving A Boost
In this 21st year of existence, the Three Sisters Scholarship Foundation was so proud to add another five amazing recipients to our ranks. Over the last two decades, we’ve given out 72 scholarships to incredibly talented and deserving students who look to pursue their goals in college. Our scholars are doing incredible things. Gabby Ballard interned at CassVita – an agricultural company in Cameroon and it far exceeded her expectations. Olasumbo Babalola was most recently a system protection intern at Ameren and was featured on a podcast that focused on her goals. Oriyomi Adeliyi graduated from Middlebury and is now pursuing further education at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Abdul Baqi Okoya is a Principal Engineer for the City of Newark. Reginald Murphy is now a research analyst at Egon Zehnder, a Management Consulting Firm.
We are so proud of all our scholars and are thrilled to have been a part of their journey. We want to thank YOU for supporting them as well. Your contributions really do matter!
From Evanston to D.C.: In The Mix!
We received a letter from Alum Alex Moore, Junior at Northwestern University, majoring in Journalism and Political Science:
This summer, I served as an intern in the Washington D.C. office of United States Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. In my role, I responded to constituent requests, helped to prepare the Congresswoman for committee meetings, and research legislation. It was so interesting to be around and learning from a lot of young professionals who are working their way up in the political ranks. I attended many networking events in the D.C. area and I know that I formed connections that can help me out later on with my political aspirations. My time in Washington D.C. this summer helped me become a better community organizer. I learned the skills necessary to get other people politically active. In the spring, I was lucky enough to be selected into a Northwestern program that will allow me to cover Capitol Hill as a journalist. So, I will be returning to Washington D.C. in January 2020 to report on politics for three months. This program will allow me to cover everything from the State of the Union to the Iowa Caucuses. This is a very exciting opportunity and I’m excited to get to spend even more time in D.C. I would like to take this time to thank the Three Sisters Scholarship Foundation for your continued support—it means the world to my family and me.
Study out of Stanford Suggests the Achievement Gap is Predicted by the Discipline Gap
A new Stanford-led study finds that an increase in either the discipline gap or the academic achievement gap between black and white students in the United States predicts a jump in the other. “As the racial discipline gap goes up, so too does the racial achievement gap,” Pearman said. “Likewise, as the racial discipline gap goes down, so too does the racial achievement gap.” Pearman also advises parents, teachers and school leaders to pay attention to disparities at their child’s school. “If your district has higher suspension rates for students of color than it does for white students, it’s likely that it is also failing to meet the academic needs of its students of color as well as it does its white students,” he said. “Similarly, if your district is struggling to meet the academic needs of students of color, then it will likely have a racial discipline problem.”