Three COD Students Awarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

By: Angela Mennecke

three scholarship winners stand with their certificate

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College of DuPage students Alexis Deanna Collins-Harris, Fatima Khan and Shontasia Henderson were recently selected as recipients of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at a reception on the College’s Glen Ellyn campus.

The $2,000 award is offered to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to impact the lives of others based on Dr. King’s ideals.

Alexis Deanna Collins-Harris (Nursing)

Alexis Deanna

“It motivates me to pursue a career in nursing where I can actively contribute to healthcare equity and ensure that all individuals, regardless of their background, receive the care they deserve. Dr. King's advocacy for peaceful social change encourages me to use my nursing education not only to provide clinical care but to also to be an advocate for underserved communities."

Fatima Khan (Cybersecurity 3+1 program with Lewis University)

Fatima Khan

“Dr. King showed us that by speaking up calmly and peacefully, but with a lot of determination, you can draw attention to unfair things happening and get people to think and act differently. Dr. King taught us to stand up for people who are being treated unfairly and to do it in a way that is respectful and non-violent. He believed in using words, marches and peaceful demonstrations to show what's wrong and to demand change.”

Shontasia Henderson (Nursing and Health Sciences)

Shontasia
 

“My goal is to advocate for healthcare that considers the whole person and their circumstances, echoing Dr. King's call for a more just and equitable society. I am determined to combine my personal experiences with my medical education to drive systemic change, making the healthcare system more compassionate and responsive to the needs of the underserved."