In 2020, AEO committed $5 million to the AEO REAL Change Scholarship for Social Justice – an educational fund to support associates who are actively driving anti-racism, equality and social justice initiatives in their communities.
Today, we are thrilled to announce our second round of scholars from across the U.S. who are demonstrating the power of their actions and voices to make REAL change! Here are the 2022 Real Change Scholarship Recipients:
Amari has committed to Wesleyan University and hopes to pursue English and Psychology before she graduates in 2026. On a 2019 trip to Chicago, she was inspired from learning about the Juvenile Justice System, restorative justice, and alternatives to the current prison system. Her work also focuses on the mental health of Black Americans – and she focused her efforts on a project she researched and wrote called, “Access and Equity in Mental Health Care for Black People”.
Ashley is an incoming freshman at Temple University and will be studying Psychology. Her social justice efforts have focused on tutoring students, planning workshops and engagement activities that encourage students to feel empowered to seek and ask for help.
Jasmine is pursuing a journalism degree at Toronto Metropolitan University. She is focused on impacting social justice through writing for publications such as Women Quest, a women’s magazine designed to inform, inspire and encourage women to reach their full potential while mentoring and empowering others.
Kayla plans to pursue Environmental Science when she starts her college career this fall. She helped form her school’s Earth Club, which advocated for environmental issues and social justice issues. She also started a podcast where she shares personal experiences as a black immigrant in America.
Lauren plans to study Biological Sciences and Pre-Med. She spends most of her time outside school volunteering at the Crispus Attucks Food Bank, the Hershey Medical Center Ronald McDonald House and helping the PA State Representative’s Office with school supply drives.
Leo is currently a sophomore at the College of the Sequoias Visalia California focusing on a career in Business & Marketing. He helped to organize several events on the ground in his community centered around Black Lives Matter, and he is actively working to help educate our very own AEO associates through Juneteenth activities, research and engagement.
Lindsey Alcy is a Canadian-born Haitian and a 3rd-year Global and International Studies student at Carleton University. Passionate about humanitarianism and social justice, she specializes in global law and social justice, with an added minor in sociology. For Lindsey, her leadership began in high school at the young athrough her involvement with her student council. Further, in 2017, she was the student trustee elect of the french catholique school board, le Conseil des Écoles Catholiques du Centre-Est . She ran student-led initiatives with her peers, such as Relay for Life for the Canadian Cancer Society. She advocated for Black Indigenous People of Colour through her past commitment to the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program. As a result, Lindsey is well versed in anti-black racism and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) research. She was recently awarded a prestigious grant to further express her passion for black advocacy, especially in food sovereignty for the Haitian diaspora in Canada. Empowered to use her voice since a young age, Lindsey now aspires to become a diplomat in hopes of becoming the change she seeks in the world and ultimately sharing her knowledge through the Nobellum’s Student Alumni Committee (SAC).
Maile is a Brand Ambassador at American Eagle in Honolulu and is currently enrolled at Clark University, pursuing a major in Psychology and Community Youth Educational Studies and a minor in Spanish. Maile co-founded and runs T.O.Y.: Time Of Youth Hawai’i, a community youth organization dedicated to providing resources to students who are in need. She also helps run Winner’s Camp: the Hawai’i Leadership Academy, a program for at-risk teens in foster care, abusive homes or facing mental health issues.
Olivia will be attending Boise State University Honors College and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, with plans to attend Dental School, followed by a residency in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. Her social justice efforts include forming the Black Student Union at her predominantly white high school in Washington state where the Student Union has been a safe space for students of all colors to learn, educate and empower.
Peter is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Design and Media at NYU. He and his classmates founded the Coalition for Equity – a student-led group that prioritizes social justice and creates a safe space for those in his school who need a voice.
Piper is a Senior Brand Ambassador currently enrolled at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in political science with the ultimate goal of a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Piper’s focus outside of school is gun violence, especially as it relates to schools. She organized a chapter of Students Demand Action for her community and has been at multiple events, rallies and protests advocating for gun safety and policy change.
Tamia is pursuing a Communications/Media degree. She currently serves as the co-president of the Black Culture Club at her school, where they give a safe space to black students to discuss their culture and be their authentic selves. She is excited to bring this passion to her new campus!
Vivian is looking for a college track that will combine her love of the law and her interest in medical professions. One of the ways she has impacted social justice is through the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Teen Activist Project. The teen activists went before the NY Interagency Coordinating Council to argue for counselors in schools and to present evidence on the harmful effects of policing in schools.
Wasimah will be a freshman at Vanderbilt University with plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science and a career in STEM. Outside of her studies, Wasimah is passionate about women’s rights and has recently completed a project on the “Pink Tax” with Girls Who Code.
Yoselin is a student at Stonehill College majoring in Political Science and International Relations with a concentration in International Studies. For Yoselin, social justice for immigrants is her main area of focus. She is passionate about immigration law and has spent significant time working at an immigration rights law firm. She plans to attend law school after she completes her undergraduate degree.