The First Annual Young Leaders Scholarship Luncheon sponsored by RemixEducation will be held, 2 p.m., May 25, at the Amherst House in Columbia, Md. Keynote speaker will be Rep. Elijah Cummings, who will receive the 2014 Champion of Affordable Education Award. The luncheon will honor recipients of the Gloria Washington Wallace Young Leaders Scholarship Program awarded annually to first-generation Howard County high school graduates. Student recipients of the scholarship will be awarded funds based on their scholarly achievement and a written essay. Local educator Dr. Gloria Washington Wallace inspired the establishment of the Black Student Achievement Program in Howard County and emphasized the importance of all students achieving high academic excellence. Dr. Washington Wallace died in 2006 due to breast cancer, and the award was created in her honor.

RemixEducation, founded by Shayla Adams, a graduate of Oakland Mills HS, is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization operating in North Carolina, Maryland and Washington DC. The organization’s mission is to empower millennials to identify problems in their communities and empower them with the tools to solve them. It seeks to connect students with the power within them by improving self-image, self-esteem and by connecting them to resources in their community. This scholarship seeks to provide young people with college aspirations the tools necessary for success. Past recipients have used the award to pay for tuition, purchase books and other supplies.

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