The Making A Difference Foundation and our President and Founder, Ahndrea Blue, believes that education is the greatest equalizer and force for change.
“MADF is committed to assisting people within our community gain the resources they need to make positive changes in their lives. Through this scholarship program, we are helping dedicated college students not only achieve their dreams but to also make a difference, so they can change the world for the better,” – Ahndrea L. Blue. President and CEO of Making A Difference Foundation.
The MADF makes a difference in education by providing ten scholarships annually to individuals who are furthering their education. They also partner with schools, non-profits, churches, and other programs by making financial contributions to their educational programs. Scholarships are selected by The MADF Scholarship Selection Committee and awards are made in the amount of $1,500 to individual students to apply toward college education expenses including cost of tuition, books, supplies, room and/or board.
2019/2020 Scholarship Recipients
Anaiis Dunbar is an incoming Freshman at New York University. As a first-generation college student, he will study Business Administration and Marketing in Stern Business School. He has big dreams to become an entrepreneur and start his own marketing company that develops and designs digital advertisements for businesses of color. Today, he continues to volunteer at Fife/Milton Food Bank on a weekly basis to provide food, clothing, and shelter to clients in need.
Favorite Quote: “Are you an open book or an open library? Because an open book can only tell one story, but an open library can tell many stories” – Unknown
Chardonnay Beaver’s passion for service and leadership started at a very young age when she joined the Girl Scouts at Madrona K-8. Throughout her high school career, she was involved with many youth-led activist organizations and held the title of Class president for three years. She is a first-generation college student with plans to enter the University of Washington as a Freshman. She is majoring in Political Science with a double minor in African American Literature and Business. After earning her bachelor’s degree, her goal is to attend law school and earn her judiciary degree. It is her aspiration to change the narrative of the legal field by fighting the low statistics surrounding black women in the legal field.
Favorite Quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
As a freshman at Chico State, Jocelyn Jaureui is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree as a first generation college student. Her career goals include receiving a Nurse Practitioner degree and getting a job as an Oncology Nurse. Afterwards, she wants to return to her community of Compton, California; a place where she was involved in many community service efforts to beautify the neighborhood and provide care packages for the homeless. As a nurse, she plans to continue serving the population by helping local clinics treat patients in the area.
Favorite Quote: “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama
Helen Nguyen is in the Pre-med and Nursing program at the University of Washington. As a first-generation college student, she grew up in a family of twelve to immigrant parents who never went to school due to poverty. She pushed herself through school with very little support and joined the program Upward Bound that helped her see the value of pursuing higher education.
As a Junior at Pepperdine University, Kristina Dyar studies Clinical Psychology with the mindset of helping others that have suffered through similar adversities. As a first-generation college student, she knows the stigma of having dreams that are much bigger than her environment. She has plans to become a licensed marriage and family therapist to help the people in her community that are impacted by varying mental illnesses.
Favorite Quote: “Laughter is to the soul as water is to a garden, blooming season is always beautiful.” – Unknown
Jaree Redmond is a Junior at Seattle Pacific University and plans on turning his Associate’s Degree into a Health Science Bachelor of Arts degree. Afterward, he wants to pursue a graduate degree in the same field to get his teaching credentials. His goals include coaching basketball in a high school setting in order to gain the skills needed to train at the collegiate level. He strives to become the first person from his family to graduate college while facing diversity and discovering his full potential.
Favorite Quote: “Great leaders create great teams. It is important how you get to the finish line but more important who crosses it with you.” – Unknown
Prospective applicants can find out more information about the scholarship program, including application requirements and deadlines here.