Congratulations to the 2023 B.O.S.S.
As part of our commitment to helping young Black women achieve educational excellence, The MGAM Scholarship Foundation helps ease the financial burden for deserving high school graduates nationwide. For the 2023-2024 school year, the Foundation was pleased to award two students with a $1,500 scholarship each:
Arianna currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. Arianna will be attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in the Fall and is looking to major in Film.
How does Arianna celebrate the beauty, power, and resilience of Black women? “My primary means of celebrating Black women is filmmaking and screenwriting. My goal with these arts is to bring Black characters to the screen and canvas as people whose blackness is part of them but doesn’t define them. For example, the main character in my screenplay, Chin Up, is a Black girl who experiences social anxiety. As the writer, I know this character has experienced racism and sexism, but I choose to not make that part of her defining story. While it seems small, this is a significantly unique and important goal.”
Yoselyn currently resides in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Victory Early High School. Yoselyn will be attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. in the Fall and is looking to major in Political Science.
How does Yoselyn celebrate the beauty, power, and resilience of Black women? “To me, the importance of dignity cultivates a prideful environment. The Feminine Self-Care Basket is a project created to empower women throughout our campus. We recognize that approximately 20% of Black women experience period poverty and oftentimes must use fabric, toilet paper, or free-bleeding to get by. We provide feminine products in the women’s restroom for students to utilize in times of need.”