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Kahdine Ann DaCosta Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership
Every year I AM O’Kah! awards two $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school graduates. Throughout their college years scholars receive on-going mentoring, training in entrepreneurship and investing and book grants.
Since 2011, I AM O’Kah! has awarded over $13,000 in scholarships and book grants in honor of Kahdine Ann DaCosta and her courageous spirit.
What Our Scholars Say
The I AM O’KAH! foundation has literally enhanced my life for the better. The directors personally assigned me a mentor that is specific to my major and university. With weekly check ups just to see how I am doing with the transition into college or to give advice for the upcoming week, it has truly made me realized that this foundation is just more than just financial assistance. It’s a foundation full of mentorship, networking, love and leadership. I am truly blessed that I was given the opportunity to be apart of this life changing organization.
Cameron Brown, 2014 Scholar2014 Scholar
In June 2012 I had the honor of being one of the first scholarship recipients of the Kahdine DaCosta Scholarship and since then it was be a wonderful experience! I AM O'KAH! has provided me with guidance throughout my college years. Aisha and Makenzie work as phenomenal mentors in assisting with help with my academics, 10-year life plan and just being a shoulder that I can lean on. I am so grateful that I received this scholarship but words cannot express how thankful I am to still be a part of this movement that Aisha and Makenzie are creating. In my eyes, in order to be successful in college there needs to be a wonderful support system and I AM O'KAH! has been my biggest support and for that I am forever grateful.
Asha Elmore, 2012 Scholar
I was one of the first recipients of the I AM O'KAH! scholarship and I must say it has been one of the best rewards I have ever received. What separates I AM O'KAH! from other scholarships is the support and mentoring that Ms. DaCosta provides to the recipients and I will forever love her for that.
Erika Miller, 2012 Scholar
My experience with “I AM O'KAH!” has been the best! I first heard about the scholarship through a scholarship committee called the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF). After being awarded the scholarship, Aisha brought us together to offer mentorship. Throughout the program, Aisha regularly checked in on us to ensure that we remain encouraged and on track. She gathers scholarship recipients to share lessons learned from our collegiate experiences. I'm very thankful to have been selected for this award.
Morgan Greene, 2013 Scholar
My experience with I AM O'KAH! has been exceptional. I have truly benefitted from the organization. I AM O'KAH! did not just provide me with a scholarship, but also offered life lessons to ensure that I would succeed.
Thaakirah Cason, 2013 Scholar
"I AM O’KAH! I could not think of a better name for an organization. It makes me feel just that – that I AM OKAY! I’ll be honest, I thought that I was applying for a scholarship and that was it. But Aisha DaCosta and Makenzie Lawson made me feel like I was one of their own, and I am so glad that I have them as mentors as I learn to navigate my way through college."
The Kahdine Ann DaCosta Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership was established on October 15, 2011 in honor of Kahdine Ann DaCosta. Kahdine was the first in her family to attend college. While at Morgan State University, Kahdine envision an organization that would provide mentorship and financial assistance to students attending college. I AM O’KAH! is the legacy of her thoughts that were left behind: mentorship and scholarship.
Every year, I AM O’KAH! searches for students that embody Kahdine’s tenacious drive and unwavering dedication to the community. Although Kahdine was very young when she passed away, she managed to touch the hearts of many in the twenty-six years that she was given. Kahdine was a firm advocate for education and economic independence. She dedicated much of her time and energy to serving the community and becoming financially independent.
I AM O’KAH! continues Kahdine’s legacy of service and dedication to education and financial independence through the mentoring and financial assistance provided to our scholars.
• Applicants must attend a high school in the Baltimore Metro area (Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Ann Arundel County) and be a senior in good standing, as defined by school and verified by official transcript.
• Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 or equivalent.
• Have demonstrated leadership abilities through their participation in community service, extracurricular activities, or other activities shown to foster leadership skills. A minimum of two consecutive years of community service/activities i s required.
• Will enroll for the first time at an accredited two- or four-year college/university (including trade/vocational school where they will earn an associate degree) located in the United States in the upcoming academic year.
• Have a demonstrated financial need, verified through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States.
•Must be a minority student: Black/ African-America n, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, American or Latino/Hispanic American. Family members of I AM O’KAH! Inc. Board Members an d Officers are strictly prohibited from applying.
Scholarship applications are accepted annually from December to March.
The Kahdine Ann DaCosta Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership is administered by the College Bound Foundation. Students will have to register on the College Bound website and upload all required documentation to be considered.
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Students will be redirected to the College Bound Foundation website where they will create a profile that enables them to apply for this scholarship and any other scholarships they are eligible for though the College Bound Foundation.
Cody is a 2014 graduate of Digital Harbor High School and is currently attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he is majoring in Political Science. When in high school, Cody was a student member on the School Board, and Chair of the Mayors Youth Commission. Cody is looking forward to going the Student Government Association at St. Mary’s. His advice to 9th graders who want to go to college is, “work hard during high school.” In 5 years Cody sees himself in law school and one day hopes to run for public office.
Cameron is a 2014 graduate of Western School of Technology and is currently attending Hampton University where he is majoring in Pre-Pharmacy. In high school Cameron was an active member of the Western Tech community. He participated in football, wrestling, Skill USA and Students Against Destructive Decisions (S ADD). Cameron is looking forward to joining the Ambassador Program, The Student Recruitment Team, The Student Leadership Program and a Fraternity. Cameron intends on getting his doctorate degree in pharmacy and his MBA from Georgetown University.
Thaakirah graduated from Western High School in 2013 where she was Vice President of the Muslim Student Association and participated in indoor track and debate. She is currently attending The University of Baltimore where she is majoring in Jurisprudence. In five years from now Thaakirah sees herself enrolled in law school and working to become an attorney. For her first semester in college Thaakirah earned a 4.0 and is continuing to be an amazing and dedicated student.
Morgan graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 2013 where she was involved the National Honor Society and enjoyed playing on the tennis team. Morgan is now attending the University of Miami and majoring in Microbiology/immunology. In 5 years, Morgan sees herself finishing her undergraduate degree and starting on her Masters and then Doctorate. In her first semester at University of Miami, Morgan earned a 4.0! She continues to succeed and be an excellent scholar.
Erika Miller graduated from the Friendship Academy of Science and Technology in 2012 and is currently a freshman at McDaniel College, where she wants to major in Biology. While in high school, she participated in a number of sports, including Track & Field and Volleyball. She wants to become a pediatrician and sees herself in medical school within five years. Described as “fiercely intelligent and a diligent student” by her counselors, Erika is determined to succeed, wherever life takes her.
Asha Elmore graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in 2012 and is currently attending the Baltimore City Community College. According to her teachers, Asha “has an exemplary work ethic, and does not allow anything to take precedence over her school work and the attainment of knowledge.” During high school, she was the Vice President of the Student Government Association and a member of the National Honor Society and the Robotics Club.