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2015 Hawkinson Scholar Awale Osman was born in a Kenyan refugee camp after his family fled Somalia’s civil war of 1992. Two years later, his mother left him and his 12 siblings behind to work in the U.S. He didn’t see her for ten years. In Kenya, Awale found it painful to watch neighborhood children attend school because his family could not afford it.
Since immigrating to the United States in 2004 and reuniting with his mother, Awale has used his experience around education access to inform his volunteer work. Awale is dedicated to creating peace and justice by focusing on traditionally underserved student populations. He led the Black Male Leadership Movement while a student at North Hennepin Community College (NHCC), an initiative to increase retention and persistence rates among young black males at the college. Under Awale’s leadership, the Movement boasted a 100% success rate for each of the 50 participants.
Awale is just one of seven Hawkinson Scholars this year, and they are all doing amazing peace and justice work – educating young people, bringing healthcare to under-served communities, standing up for LGBTQ rights, advocating for Native American communities, and standing up for what's right.
Hawkinson Scholars and Honorary Awardees inspire us to remember that peace begins with each of us. Please donate today to support students like Awale -- the next generation of peace and justice leaders.
The Hawkinson Foundation is the only organization in the Upper Midwest that awards scholarships to students who demonstrate a deep commitment to work for peace and justice and honors long-time peacemaking activists.
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