Scholars

BFCFund is proud to introduce four outstanding scholars!

 

2018

Simbiat Taiwo, University of Minnesota

Simbiat Taiwo — Vadnais heights, minnesota

“I am Nigerian- American and a student at the University of Minnesota. A little bit about me is I am a book, food, and music lover. I applied for the Black Friday College Fund scholarship because it would give me a better chance at pursuing my education. Now with this scholarship, the financial burden of college is lighter. While I am here at the University of Minnesota, I am hoping to receive a degree in physiology and to pursue my dreams of becoming a sports medicine physician. When I think of a vision for myself, I think about being happy. No matter what I choose to do in my life or what career, I want to be happy with whatever choice I make.”

 Ingram Arizmendi, University of North Texas

Ingram Arizmendi, University of North Texas

INGRAM ARIZMENDI — GRAPEVINE, TEXAS

“Receiving the Black Friday College Fund Scholarship will help me pay for my books and college. Being able to go to college will change my future, it will make me financially independent, and I would feel great knowing that I accomplished my goal of getting a degree in computer programming. I was born with Muscular Dystrophy and one of the biggest challenges of having been born with MuscularDystrophy is separating yourself from your disability. I would love to be a great example for my little brother, cousins, and other people with disabilities so they know that they can accomplish everything they set their minds to.”

2017

 Mia Taylor, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

Mia Taylor, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

Mia Taylor — Chicago, Illinois

"Receiving this award will help me further use my hard ­won voice as I pursue my college studies. You see, until I was ten years old, silence was my best friend. Except for my immediate family, the rest of the world was totally deprived of my voice. I would nod, shrug, or gesture, using anything but sound to communicate. This silence wasn’t ordinary shyness; my silence was due to a childhood anxiety disorder called selective mutism. At home, I was free to be me. I’d sing, argue and ramble at all hours. Away from home, I was painfully mute. People who knew me then would have never imagined that communication would become my passion, my first love. ..."

 
 Yormelis Vazquez, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey

Yormelis Vazquez, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey

Yormelis Vazquez — Camden, New Jersey

“My childhood was dominated by adulthood; Instead of going outside or playing with dolls, I was helping my grandmother take care of my great grandparents in Puerto Rico. Every morning, I would wake up early just to watch my great grandpa feed the birds on the balcony, and during lunch, I ran home from school just to receive my great grand-mom's blessing. Eventually, the birds went unfed, and my great grandmother’s blessings became a memory that turned into a promise – I would never turn down opportunities that life presents. ...”