January in Review
January was a busy month at CDI. Below you’ll find a summary. Much good need news to share! But before we get to that, a BIG congratulations go to Kristin Crockett, who has just published her first book (The Gift of Past Relationships: Learning from Your Past to Find the Love You Deserve). Kristin is a big supporter of CDI. and she was heavily involved in making the Crockett Scholarship Fund (in honor of her late father, another champion of CDI) a reality. Each year, the Crockett Scholarship provides financial assistance to CDI Scholars away at college. The first recipients, Muhammed Abdulkarimu at Goucher College and Mirko Valdez at McDaniel College, report that they are doing very well.
Kristin will be holding a book launch this Sunday @ 5 p.m. at Busboys & Poets @ 5th and K (1025 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001). I know some CDI counselors will be there. You can learn more about her book by visiting her website: kristencrockett.com. Way to go, Kristen!
Now on to CDI news….
High School Class of 2012: Throughout the month of January, Scholars completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They also followed up with their respective colleges and universities to ensure that their file was not missing information. Many Scholars began receiving admissions decisions from various schools throughout the month. They continued to apply for scholarships and grants from various outside sources, as well.
January 16 – CDI Scholars participated in City Year’s Martin Luther King Service Day. Eight Scholars, one counselor, and our Vice President, Theresa Atta, headed to Dunbar High School in Washington, DC. Scholars volunteered in service projects that helped revitalize the community, including uplifting unused spaces and painting inspirational murals.
January 26 – With the help of Wendy Maldonado, Montgomery College’s Financial Aid Outreach Counselor, CDI conducted its annual Financial Aid/FAFSA Session. Scholars and parents were able to attend in order to gain a better understanding of financial aid and how it works. Ms. Maldonado guided families, step-by-step through filing the FAFSA. With the use of our computer lab, Scholars and their families were able to submit their FAFSA at the end of the session.
College Scholars: Many of the College Scholars continued to apply for internships and summer jobs and their hard work paid off as some of them received good news over the holiday break.
Class of 2009 Scholar Michael Mekonnen secured a summer internship at Google London. He will be there for eleven weeks, and will have the pleasure of enjoying the Summer Olympics festivities, as they will be hosted in London during his stay.
Class of 2010 Scholar Steven Park gained a position as a research assistant in a prestigious lab at Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. He will be studying neurogenesis of adult neural stem cells. The project in which he will be assisting has never been conducted. This will be an exciting experience for Steven.
Class of 2010 Scholar Jessica Li has begun her semester abroad in Sweden. She is staying in the historic town of Uppsala. We look forward to reading about her time in Sweden as we read her bi-weekly check-ins.
Recruitment for the High School Class of 2013: CDI counselors interviewed potential Scholars for the class of 2013. Interviews lasted about an hour each. CDI interviewed 54 students for a total of 25 spots. We will announce the Class of 2013 in March. Stay tuned!