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Young African-American Lady beats competitors to win $30,000 scholarship, set to bag masters degree at US university

A young African-American Lady named Aaliyah Moore has beaten contestants across the United States to win a 30000 dollar worth of scholarship to study for a master’s degree at Bates College United States.

Aaliyah, a student of Bates College was awarded the 2023 Truman Scholarship, to pursue her graduate studies. She is one of 62 winners to be awarded from more than 700 applicants.

The Truman Scholarship is a federally funded scholarship that is awarded to students with demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service and is considered among the most important United States graduate fellowships.

Aaliyah is studying a double major in politics and Africana at Baze College. She will pursue her graduate studies to build her skills in advocacy, research, and education, then tackle systematic disparities within the U.S. legal and foster-care systems according to the college.

 

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Aaliyah plans to pursue graduate degrees in both law and African American studies, with the intent to use her voice to challenge institutions that violate civil rights in the United States, including the rights of people in foster care and people who are imprisoned.

“I hope to help the poor, incarcerated, and condemned, protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society,” she said.

She stated that her upbringing as an African American woman living in subsidized housing and foster care shaped her determination to use advocacy, scholarship, and education to combat systematic disparities within legal and foster care systems.

 

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Aaliyah added that she wants to address the lack of reintegration support for foster children and formerly incarcerated individuals and defend the wrongfully convicted from prison.

She studied Multiculturalism and Human rights at the School for International Training, South Africa during a semester abroad. She has been extensively involved with the Lewiston-Auburn and Maine communities focusing on issues of social justice and, specifically, imprisoning.

She said she wants to pursue both Juris Doctorate and Ph.D. graduate degrees. Aaliyah said for her doctorate degree, she seeks a program in African American studies that offers the opportunity to critically analyze the issues faced by African-descent people in the United States.

Aaliyah said through her legal studies, she hopes to gain the skill to fight for the release of wrongly incarcerated persons, challenge institutions violating one’s civil rights through discriminatory practices, and become a pioneer in civil rights advocacy, scholarship, and teaching.

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