The RMHC African American Future Achievers (RMHC/AAFA) Scholarship Awards Ceremony was held on June 2nd at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ. Hosted by former New York Giant and two-time NFL Super Bowl Champion, Kareem McKenzie, the program honored the seven recipients of this year’s RMHC/AAFA Scholarship who will each receive $16,000 for college. Also in attendance were McDonald’s franchisees Paul Hendel, Josh Kaufman and Brian Hairston, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area Chris Perry, and Ronald McDonald. The night kicked off with opening remarks by Pastor Terry Gadson, McDonald’s local franchisees, and an outstanding performance by ten-year-old K’Lynn Jackman of the hit Broadway musical “The Lion King”.
The recipients of the 2016 RMHC/AAFA Scholarship and their matriculated universities are:
- Maxwell Addae - Yale University
- Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna - Yale University
- Delassie Gadzanku - New York University
- Biani Noubissi - Brown University
- Bayode Okusanya - Stanford University
- Kelly Hyles - Harvard University
- Oluwadamilola Oshewa - Johns Hopkins University
The ceremony also honored Frankie Ashe, the recipient of this year’s prestigious Robert Lee Dunham Memorial Scholarship. Frankie will receive $60,000 over the next four years for his studies at Alabama State University.
The night capped off with empowering speeches delivered by two distinguished keynotes: Olympic Gold Medalist Diane Dixon and WNBA Legend of the New York Liberty Teresa Weatherspoon.
To learn more about RMHC and its scholarship programs, click here.