Students recognized for leadership

March 3, 2017

Two McMaster engineering students were recently recognized for their exceptional leadership during the Black Arts and Innovation Expo (BAIE) in Toronto on Feb. 25.

Software Engineering and Management student Abraham Omorogbe, and Marquise Kamanke, a Chemical Engineering and Management student, were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship from BAIE in recognition of their academic, leadership and community achievements.  Shawn Hercules, a Graduate Student in Biology, was also recognized.

The scholarships acknowledge the students’ work to promote diversity and inspire excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). Of the 11 scholarships awarded, McMaster was the only university with more than one scholarship winner.

“Not only does this scholarship prove to me that my hard work and diligence pays off, the award helps shift my focus from the financial burdens of post-secondary studies to more important issues like developing community initiatives that increase diversity in academic and professional settings,” Omorogbe said.

As an international student, Kamanke said the scholarship had special meaning for her.

“This scholarship is a testament to the results of hard work and a message to everyone who doubts their abilities. Everyone has it in them. It just takes confidence, practice and trials to succeed. I will continue pushing myself academically and professionally to inspire my younger peers.”

Two McMaster Alumni also received recognition. Janelle Hinds (B. Eng. and Managemetn ’15) was a finalist at the BAIE Lions Lair Competition. She pitched her “Helping Hands” organization that seeks to empower youth by matching students with volunteer organizations based on the student's interest and skills they want to improve on.

Fei Chiang

(L to R) Marquise Kamanke, Abraham Omorogbe, Shawn Hercules.

Vivian Ntiri (B.Sc. Earth Environmental Science ‘12), who is now currently pursuing a law degree at University of Windsor, was a scholarship recipient.

In its third year, the BAIE was by Excelovate and First Book Canada with the mission to “transform and enrich lives by removing barriers, connecting diverse people and creating opportunities for success.”

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