CAA Announces Recipient of 2009 Jeanne Bellamy Award

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College Admissions Assistance (CAA) is pleased to announce its continued financial support for the 2009 Jeanne Bellamy Scholarship. The scholarship, created by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, was named in honor of the first woman chairperson of the Chamber.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to help fund this scholarship and we are so proud of our winner, Khadijah. She did not let the financial challenges of her family situation limit her desire for education, success, or to serve others."

In keeping with its commitment to helping students discover and fulfill their destiny through a college education, College Admissions Assistance (CAA) is pleased to announce its continued financial support for the 2009 Jeanne Bellamy Scholarship. The scholarship, created by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, was named in honor of the first woman chairperson of the Chamber. Jeanne Bellamy was a woman of many talents, and had a long and varied career in the Greater Miami area. She spent forty years writing for the Miami Herald, was a commentator on Miami Radio, the moderator of the TV program, We Want to Know, and chairperson of the National Audubon Society—among many other accomplishments. The scholarship that bears her name is given annually to an outstanding graduating senior from a Miami Dade public school who plans to major in business.

Chamber board member, Marilu Kernan, Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of CAA, presented the award. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to help fund this scholarship and we are so proud of our winner, Khadijah. She did not let the financial challenges of her family situation limit her desire for education, success, or to serve others."

Khadijah Brydson is the recipient of the 2009 annual Jeanne Bellamy award and, like Bellamy, she has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to community service. Her accomplishments so far have been truly impressive. She has already founded her own non-profit corporation, Emerging from Lo Debar, Inc., which focuses on helping children to resist gangs and reject violence. In 2006, Khadijah was visiting relatives in Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica, when gang violence broke out. Rather than allow the experience to traumatize her, she did something about it. It became the catalyst for her decision to establish Emerging from Lo Debar. So far, more than 250 children in Jamaica and Miami, from ages 4-11, participate in the program. They keep in touch via the Pen Pal initiative of Emerging from Lo Debar, through which they exchange encouragement, moral support, and advice on how to handle problems. Additionally, Khadijah visits “her kids” in Jamaica often—once a month whenever she can.

She was awarded the Volunteer Service Award by President Barack Obama, and the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. She has put in more than 4,000 volunteer hours since the 9th grade, and is graduating with a 5.8 GPA. As Junior Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens, she was instrumental in planning the “Stop the Violence” program and helping with voter registration. Khadijah attends Miami Carol City Senior High, and was president of the National Honor Society there. She will use the $2500 Jeanne Bellamy Scholarship at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she will double-major in Business and English. She will be the first in her family to attend college.

Although she is grateful for all the awards, honors, and attention that have been showered upon her, Khadijah seems completely unfazed by it all. “The best reward I could ask for,” she says, “is the smiles on the faces of the kids I am helping.”

College Admissions Assistance is proud to help Khadijah Brydson achieve her educational goals. Her entrepreneurial spirit, courage, commitment, and compassion are evident in everything she has done. We wish her all the best.

College Admissions Assistance, LLC is a comprehensive college-planning organization that has helped thousands of students prepare themselves for college—from discovering a great career, achieving admission to the right college, and enjoying the best financial start in life. The company’s ultimate mission is to help each student live out their unique purpose in life by helping them get started with the right college education. Visit http://www.caaconnect.com/our_students/our_results/ to learn more about our mission and our results.

Contact: Marilu Rios Kernan, Chief Marketing Officer
College Admissions Assistance
Phone: 817-289-3690
Fax: 866-642-4749
http://www.caaconnect.com

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