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Program Graduate Ready to Soar

Recipient of Wings Scholarship

Annie Gbaford, a program youth and graduating senior at David Douglas High School, is a recipient of the 2018 Wings Scholarship Program. As a Wings Scholar, Annie will receive a full-ride to the college of her choice as well as annual academic support services.

Annie has been accepted to Washington State University where she plans on studying early childhood education. She wishes to be a preschool teacher and eventually open a nonprofit school in Liberia in a village near to her mother’s hometown of Monrovia.

When asked during the application what greatness looked like in her future, Annie wrote, “being able to provide for my mother and give her a better life or at least the one she deserves.”

The Wings scholarship, funded by a grant from the Jordan brand, was established in 2016 to encourage and support students to enroll in post-secondary education and to provide outstanding underserved students with an opportunity to successfully complete college. Students enrolled in non-profit partner organizations are among the beneficiaries of the Wings scholarship.

Annie’s Friend, Sherri, expressed that “Annie is a young lady who truly has aspirations, dreams and desires.” After being notified that she had received the Wings Scholarship, Annie was overcome by joy and excitement. She expressed also a sense of relief. Annie joked, “Today I was doing budgeting, and I was like ‘Oh, how am I going to afford school?’ I was worried about going into debt and stuff.”

No school debt for you, Annie, just wings with which to fly.
 

Watch the moment Annie finds out she received the Wings Scholarship.