The Foundation came together one-year ago to come up with a way to commemorate the Club’s 100th Anniversary. It was agreed that they wanted to make a significant contribution to a deserving student as well as the community. And so the search was on… The criteria to apply was the student must be a current Rotary Scholarship recipient, a GPA of 3.0 or above, and a community leader completing their undergraduate education in Spring 2018. Through a rigorous selection process, Yasmeen A. Azam, aspiring human rights activist, was selected and awarded a $15,000 scholarship for her final academic year.
Yasmeen was born and raised in Los Angeles California. She is one of a set of Quadruplets, with two younger twin siblings.
She is passionate about world affairs and currently studies International Relations with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Economics. She spoke at the United Nations last summer during International Youth Day about radical compassion, attesting to the resilience of communities by way of serving others. She currently serves as the Muslim Student Association President, a Senator-At-Large of ASI, and works part time as the youth coordinator for a refugee resettlement agency.
She was accepted to attend a conference at Columbia University on the inter-sectionality of Social Justice on Islam. She spoke in Aruba on Radical Compassion for the POC, an International Perspective Conference, and was accepted to go during spring break to the WISE National Women’s Leadership Conference at Harvard.
She is very active in her community, serving as the Convention Chair for the largest Muslim event in Southern California. She hopes to devote her life to serving others through the avenue of human rights. To quote from her essay…One day I aspire to become a UN Policy Analyst, an author, an activist, a teacher, but most importantly, a servant of my community.
She loves to cook and bake especially chocolate chip cookies and Italian Food and would like to try her hand on the food network. She has a very good British accent. If given the opportunity to change one thing at CSULB, it would be to bring professional, prestigious, and distinguished academic speakers to campus.
The award was presented during a regular Rotary meeting that was anything but ordinary. On Wednesday, May 3rd, the Club gathered at The Miller House which is the home of CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. Over 100 members were in attendance to congratulate Yasmeen!
Here are links to the media featuring our spectacular Centennial Scholar!
Press Telegram by Rich Archbold: http://www.presstelegram.com/opinion/20170505/scholarship-winner-yasmeen-azam-learned-to-give-at-early-age-rich-archbold
Long Beach Business Journal: http://media.wix.com/ugd/b5b134_891127c4c00f4a708975d9ca9a87f272.pdf
Long Beach Local News by Melissa McGinnis: http://longbeachlocalnews.com/2017/05/04/long-beach-rotary-scholarship-foundation-presents-unprecedented-scholarship-csulb-student/
Daily 49er by Connie Ojeda: http://www.daily49er.com/news/2017/05/03/csulb-student-wins-15000-scholarship/