Sana Fatah and Suad Mohamed, both graduates of Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, are heading to Belmont University this fall as freshmen recipients of the E.S. Rose Scholarship, created to honor the memory of E. S. Rose, an African-American religious and Edgehill community activist who served as pastor of Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Each year, Belmont awards two full scholarships to students distinguished by their record of academic achievement and leadership. Every other academic year, Belmont offers an additional half-tuition scholarship as funds allow. Highest consideration is given to Metro Nashville Public School students who meet the scholarship criteria and whose permanent residence is located within Metro Council districts 17, 19 and parts of 18.
Mohamed (pictured left) was selected for her impressive list of extra-curricular activities in high school. She participated in the International Court for Justice for Model United Nations, interned at the Business Incubation Center, was lead outreach and student ambassador for Save the Children, served as secretary of the International Club, held the office of vice president in student government, was a guest ambassador for Vanderbilt Medical Center and worked as an assistant for Health Innovations of America, all while working part-time at Home Depot.
Mohamed intends to major in computer science, and she said Belmont offered her one thing that she desperately needed throughout the chaotic college process: support.
“In addition to the financial security that came with enrolling, the overwhelming support I received from administration solidified my final decision to committing. While academics and student organizations were important, the consistent support showed me that finding a place where I am wanted is crucial,” she said. “At Belmont I am more than a statistic or an applicant number, and I am reminded by every smiling face that I do indeed belong.”
Fatah (pictured right) was selected thanks to her own impressive high school resume, which includes involvement with Alive Hospice, volunteering as president and founder of the United Nations International Children’s Fund at Hume-Fogg, and serving as vice communications lead for Save the Children Action Network.
Fatah intends to major in neuroscience or public health, and she said meeting the public health community solidified her decision to attend Belmont. “I was interested in the curriculum that would allow us to dissect health disparities in the classroom and take our studies into the community with fieldwork projects. Throughout the college transition process, everyone from the Belmont administration and faculty has been incredibly supportive and welcoming,” she said. “I knew this tight-knit community would foster my personal and academic growth.”
To learn more about the E.S. Rose Scholarship, visit the Belmont Community Relations website.