Sally Nuamah, George Washington University, Class of 2011
"I won a lot of scholarships with large amounts like Gates and Coke, but none of them were as impactful as Chicago Scholars'. It's just the overall development of what you do for us.. Your programs cater to the intellectual and social growth of a person. The program has proven to be way more valuable than just giving me a financial contribution."
Sally Nuamah is a future leader in education policy. Nuamah, a rising senior, is majoring in public policy and English, and has already engaged in research spanning two continents. In Fall 2009, she traveled to Ghana and engaged in research about women's educational attainment; today, she is closer to home at Northwestern University's Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), where she is examining Northwestern's undergraduate recruitment processes and understanding how a large and prestigious university maintains a diverse student body.
Prior to this experience, Sally was an intern at Chicago Scholars. In fact, it was Chicago Scholars' "friendly environment" and "fulfilling work" that provided the perfect transitional experience between her spring semester and SROP. Sally was instrumental in coordinating tasks surrounding the new Launch Program with Chicago Public Schools, an initiative which aims to increase the number of students who match and fit with their university selections. "It was cool to see what kind of thought goes into making those materials," she said, and how much "good insight [professional development] was provided to both students and counselors." It was a coincidence that Chicago Scholars' initiative paralleled much of her current research interests with the SROP.
Most impressive to Sally, however, was how welcoming the organization was. "It was so nice to contact Chicago Scholars when looking for a way to get involved," she said. When Chicago Scholars responded to her inquiry within 10 minutes, she understood how "CS is like a family connection, a resource for opportunity." This opportunity-a chance to make one's educational and professional dreams a reality-encompasses both Sally's philosophical beliefs and the mission of Chicago Scholars: "I think education is so important. In order to be informed - to be aware of history and of current events - it helps to order your steps for the future so you can make better decisions. Chicago Scholars helps to orient you to make fewer mistakes and more positive changes."
(July 1st, 2010): Sally received a $10,000 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Grant from George Washington University's Office of the Vice President for ResearchBuilding on her previous work in Ghana, Sally will be studying determinants of educational success among low-income female students who attend under-resourced schools in metropolitan areas throughout Ghana. Congratulations Sally!
(November 2013): Sally was recently asked to be part of a panel discussion at Chicago United's 10th Annual Changing Color of Event and recently gave a TEDx talk at the University of Illinois at Chicago on her work with education and the young girls of Ghana (www.herstorythefilm.com).