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The 2016 RMHC African American Future Achievers Scholarship Awards Ceremony

owners and recipients

(row1 L-R)Linda Dunham (franchisee), Johnnie Bailey (franchisee), Maxwell Addae, Bayode Okusanya, Delassie Gadzanku, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Kelly Hyles, Frankie Ashe, Angela Adderly (franchisee), Alisa Harrison (franchisee)
(row 2, L-R) McDonald’s franchisees Ron Bailey, Josh Kaufman, Nick Norman & Brian Hairston

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”.

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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
2016 recipients

(L-R) Maxwell Addae, Bayode Okusanya, Delassie Gadzanku, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Kelly Hyles, Frankie Ashe, (Biani Noubissi and Oluwadamilola Oshewa not pictured)

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.

Lee Dunham Award recipient

(L-R) McDonald’s Franchisee Linda Dunham, Recipient of the Robert Lee Dunham Scholarship,Frankie Ashe & BMOA President, Franchisee Brian Hairston

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.

Host and speakers

(L-R) Olympic Gold Medalist/WNBA Legend (NY Liberty), Teresa Weatherspoon, two-time Super Bowl Champion (NY Giants) Kareem McKenzie & Olympic Gold Medalist Diane Dixon

To learn more about RMHC and its scholarship programs, click here.

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