Scholar Alumni
Graduation Recognition
The MBCC Board of Directors recognizes Octavia Cheatom and Lulete Mola on the completion of their college studies.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
—Nelson Mandela

Octavia Cheatom – University of Minnesota

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"I am currently a senior at the University of Minnesota – TC, majoring in Kinesiology. Throughout my college experience I have constantly challenged myself to develop into a well-rounded, experienced individual. Growing up my parents always stressed the importance of volunteerism and service; soon I realized that the best character building happens through giving back to others. This realization has led me to participate in service initiatives throughout the Twin Cities including mentoring young girls through Girl Scouts of America and becoming an active member of the University YMCA where we focus on developing the leadership capacities of students by providing college students with opportunities to tutor and mentor disenfranchised K-12 students. Each of these experiences has been instrumental in helping me to become a more civic minded and humbled individual.
In the near future I hope to earn a master’s degree in a Public Health Administration and contribute to limiting the health disparities that those in disenfranchised communities face because of socioeconomic status or cultural/ethnic background. I am extremely honored and blessed to be a recipient of the scholarship awarded by the Minnesota Black Chambers of Commerce and am even more pleased that a group of professionals is willing to reach back in order to give to my future. It is my hope that by continuing by education, some day, I will be able to reach back and give to someone else."

Lulete Mola – University of Minnesota

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Lulete Mola will be graduating with honors in May from the University of Minnesota. She is studying Political Science and Family Violence prevention. Lulete is extremely passionate about community building and social change that inspires young people to lead and change the world. She is the Founder of “SHE", a 6 year women’s empowerment organization. In the future, Lulete hopes to work defending international human rights, social justice, and contribute to the prevention of domestic violence in the U.S. and in developing nations.

Essays

Ms Octavia Cheatom
Most of my family has not completed post-secondary education and for me to be a part of the next generation to help create a future for us is a major step. I find it empowering that my family to continues to push me towards achieving a college education so that I can become a good role model for my younger siblings, cousins, and future generations.   I remember my grandfather sitting my sister and me down at young ages and telling us how we should go to college because otherwise we would not be able to get good jobs and earn good money. So since a young age, going to a four year university has been ingrained into my head and I’ve never considered any other options. I knew this would be the natural order of my life. Now that I am in college, it is empowering to have full control of who I am and the young woman that I want to become. I love being independent and figuring things out through trial and error. Some of the challenges that I’ve faced have a lot to do with figuring out how to keep my life balanced. Often times as a young person out on my own for the first time, it becomes very easy to become distracted and lose focus. But I quickly learned and I am continuing to figure out how to stay on top of my game.

Ms Lulete Mola
To me and my family, being in college means hope.  I have seen and gone through so much growing up, and college symbolizes hope for my family and I.  Now that I am here, it is everything I expected and more.  I sometimes feel like I have to work a little harder than my classmates, but I feel good about it, it makes me a stronger person.  I would tell any high school student that college is what you make it; it is your ticket to influence the world.
After this first year, I am considering degrees in Political Science, English, Communications, and possibly a minor in Business and Marketing.  I would love to travel, both in the U.S. and around the world.  I want to go to third-world countries like Ethiopia, Haiti, and  Sudan to promote women’s rights and equality.