Not only has Albert been recognized with the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award, The Rutgers Legacy Award, The Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award, The Samuel Greitzer Award at Rutgers University, The Rutgers Newark Alumni Association Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and Mr. Ebony 2015, but he has helped another young gentleman through his mentorship achieve what he never thought possible.
Albert began mentoring and tutoring Darius* through a program at Rutgers. Darius is bi-racial, and was having trouble with bullies and with feeling like he didn’t fit in with either the African-American or White community. Through their tutoring sessions, Albert and Darius became friends. Albert helped Darius to realize the potential within himself, and encouraged him to attend college. Now, Darius is a successful college student who has achieved Dean’s List every semester. By helping Darius, Albert felt that the experience brought him “immeasurable joy and showed me that my true calling is to mentor other people.” That is why Albert decided to “turn my passion for teaching into a career”, as well as aspire to one day start an organization that can help underprivileged minorities get into elite colleges.
Truly an inspiration, Albert has overcome difficult obstacles in his life by being “ambitious, motivated, and setting high goals for myself”. What advice would he like to offer other students who are pursuing a career in teaching and or who are faced with adversity? “Try to get help wherever you can, and take advantage of new opportunities. It doesn’t matter where you came from or whatever hand life gives you, there is nothing to stop you from achieving your goals.” This is fantastic advice from a fantastic young man, and let’s hope that we can all to strive to be more like Albert.
Congratulations to Albert and to all of the winners from the latest round of Fund for Thought scholarships. We currently have 47 scholarships available worth $2,000 each. The deadline for entry is March 31, 2017. Visit http://www.fundforthought.com/scholarships.html to apply.
*Name has been changed to protect the person’s identity.