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Student leaders to be honored at Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration

Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Recipients

From left: Kayla Smith, Asha Mullings, Shamiah Woods, Tayion Williams, Tuger Xiong, Nosaiba Lela and AJ Joseph

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Student leaders to be honored at Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration
Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Recipients

Seven remarkable student leaders will be recognized at Oakland University’s 32nd annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration, an event that honors the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The celebration will take place from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2024, in the Oakland Center Founders Ballrooms. Detroit native Loni Love, an award-winning TV/radio host, actress and author, will be the keynote speaker.

 The Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Award is given annually to students who exemplify the spirit of Dr. King’s work, demonstrating strong citizenship, scholarship and leadership in breaking down cultural stereotypes and promoting interracial understanding. 

The 2024 Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Award recipients are:

AJ Joseph
AJ Joseph
Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences-Preclinical Professions

 Nosaiba Lela
Nosaiba Lela
English

Asha Mullings 
Asha Mullings
Health and Wellness Promotion

 Kayla Smith
Kayla Smith
Graphic Design

 Tayion Williams
Tayion Williams
Film Production

 Shamiah Woods
Shamiah Woods
Human Resource Development

 Tuger Xiong
Tuger Xiong
Musical Theatre

Established in  1993, the Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration is held annually on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To date, over 100 students have been awarded Keeper of the Dream scholarships totaling more than $500,000. 

This year’s Keeper of the Dream Awards Celebration is sponsored by Oakland University Credit Union, Corewell Health, Magna, PNC Bank, Comerica, First State Bank, Whirlpool, Marshall Family Foundation, Lynne & Lia McIntosh Scholarship, Oakland University Alumni Association, Lynne A. McIntosh Memorial Scholarship and the Oakland University Black Alumni Chapter.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties can contact Cheryl McGinnis at cmcginnis@jstp28.com to learn more about supporting this event.

For additional event information, contact the Center for Multicultural Initiatives at cmi@jstp28.com or (248) 370-4404.

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