In January the Milken Scholars program lost a member of its family and the world lost a promising young leader when Berhane Azage passed away. Berhane exemplified kindness, intelligence, and drive among his many qualities, and he is sorely missed by many different communities. A graduate of Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles and recipient of bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford, Berhane was quickly blazing an impressive career path with stints at McKinsey and Flextronics while fostering a spirit of service and making a positive impact wherever he went. The South Central Scholars Program has established a scholarship in his honor and so it is fitting that he will continue to touch the lives of others.
Talented High School Seniors Nominated to Join the Class of 2015
A record number of high schools in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C. participated in the 2015 Milken Scholars Selections Process by nominating their best and brightest to become members of the Class of 2015. We would like to acknowledge them to show our appreciation.
Meet Tulani Thomas, MS '94
Change can sometimes be a challenge, but 1994 Milken Scholar, Tulani Thomas, is demonstrating that it can also be an opportunity, as she continues to set an example for positive change personally, professionally and in the wider world.
"The Milken Scholars are obviously a very intelligent and accomplished group of people. More importantly, they are, each, thoughtful and inspiring individuals. I came to speak to the group; hoping to inspire them with my story. I left inspired by theirs."
"It has been a pleasant and rewarding experience speaking at the Milken Scholars Summit. I enjoyed sharing my own stories and thoughts with those extraordinarily talented young people this program has brought together. I'm confident that this program is nurturing future leaders of our society who will make the world a better one."
Scholars in Action
Helping Hands. In January, Nathan Williams, MS ’14, deployed as part of a contingent of Team Rubicon volunteers to clean up flood and landslide damage in Aberdeen, Washington. Afterward, Nathan was asked to share his thoughts about his experience working with some of the dedicated veterans who are using their expertise and experience as disaster relief first-responders around the world.
Healing Hands. Catholic Relief Services program manager, Francisco Perez, MS ’02, recently returned to West Africa to continue the fight to staunch the Ebola outbreak. Last year, when the outbreak hit he was on the ground in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia before being evacuated. In October, he was featured in Catholic New York for his tireless and heroic work.
Opportunities in Medicine. Dr. Joelle Simpson, MS ’95, is part of a team at Children’s National Health Systems in Washington D.C., that is establishing an innovative scholarship program to assist minority medical students in interviewing and completing a clinical rotation in pediatrics. The Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP) will award eight fourth-year medical students a stipend to live in Washington D.C. while working at the hospital as well as mentorship and other networking opportunities.