Columbia World Projects welcomes fifth cohort of Obama Foundation grantees

“We are very pleased to welcome this new cohort of scholarship holders for the upcoming academic year. I have seen the transformative impact the program has had on previous grantees who have participated in the program and I am confident that the same will be true of our newest grantees. While the program will contribute to their professional development, we and the entire Columbia community will be inspired by their presence,” said Wafaa El-Sadr, director of Columbia World Projects.

“It has been extremely gratifying to witness the growth and development of this program over the past four years,” said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger. “The Obama Foundation grantees have proven to be an exceptionally talented group of people dedicated to solving complex challenges in their communities and around the world. Our university community has been enriched by their dedicated and forward-thinking presence.”

“The Obama Scholars program offers students a unique opportunity to share and gain insight into the work that other young leaders are driving in their communities while speaking about the intersectionality of their collaborative efforts,” said Valerie Jarrett, Chief Executive Officers of the Obama Foundation. “We look forward to welcoming the new cohort of grantees to the Foundation family – a network of changemakers working tirelessly for a fairer future.”

The Obama Foundation Scholars program, launched in 2018, is designed to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders with the tools they need to make their efforts more effective and impactful in their global communities. In addition to the cohort at Columbia University, another group of scientists participates in the program at the University of Chicago.

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