Three Scholars, Three Different Paths
These three talented young women joined HCZ at different times and in different ways. Bintou began her time at HCZ as an infant at The Baby College; then graduated from HCZ Promise Academy High School as valedictorian of her class; and finally, 18 years after beginning her HCZ journey, joined College Success Office (CSO), our program that empowers scholars with the tools and resources they need to thrive in college and earn a degree.
Aicha has been an HCZ scholar for nearly a decade, joining our HCZ reomise Academy Elementary School in the second grade. She met Bintou in class at our HCZ Promise Academy Middle School, where they became instant friends. In high school, they joined CSO.
In CSO, Bintou and Aicha met Rokiatou, who also participated in an HCZ after-school art program. Through that program, Rokiatou got the opportunity to attend a Summer Exposure Opportunity at Cornell University.
Building Bright Futures
At Cornell, their futures are looking bright. Bintou is studying molecular biology so she can help advance critical cancer treatments; Aicha is studying pre-med to become a pediatrician who serves children without access to quality care; and Rokiatou is studying computer science to become a software engineer and improve information technology in schools.
Bintou, Aicha, and Rokiatou started as HCZ Promise Academy graduates, friends, and Cornell University students. In a few years, they will add cancer researcher, pediatrician, and computer scientist to that list.
We’re so proud of their success and will continue on this journey with them to Cornell University, through college graduation, and beyond.