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Meet Our Scholars: Malika Achingale Barbie Odera

On this #Moe123Monday, we're closing out our initial "Meet Our Scholars" series by introducing you to our final scholarship recipient, Malika Achingale Barbie Odera.

Malika's mindset is positive: she never considers her losses or setbacks as failures. In fact, it only drives her to persist until the best results are achieved. That is evident in her ability to adapt; Malika and her family relocated to the United States just two years ago. In that time, she's embraced Advanced Placement (AP) classes, worked 27 hours a week while maintaining her GPA, and underwent an eye muscle surgery where she had to work through a quick turnaround and recovery period. When she returned to school, she did so with all assignments checked off and GPA in tact.

She has been accepted to the University of North Dakota where she plans to pursue forensic science, a passion she feels akin to.

Hear from Malika below!

Malika Achingale Barbie Odera never considers her losses or setbacks as failures. In fact, it only ignites her drive to persist until the best results are achieved. Malika and her family relocated to the United States in 2017 - just two years ago. She experienced a large culture shock which challenged her to adapt. To do that, Malika took Advanced Placement (AP) classes and got a job her senior year where she’s worked 27 hours a week while still maintaining her G.P.A. In October of 2018, Malika underwent an eye muscle surgery which left her with one strong eye during her recovery period. This didn’t stop her from studying and doing her assignments, on time, and she managed to resume school one week later with assignments checked off and her G.P.A. holding strong. She’s been accepted to the University of North Dakota where she plans to pursue her undergraduate degree in Forensic Science. Her ultimate goal is to become a profiler who works for the F.B.I. to positively impact the future by helping law enforcement agencies identify even the most elusive suspects in an investigation. Earning the Moe123 scholarship helped Malika to another milestone in her college preparation: she will be debt-free for her first year of college. She explained that, as a low-income student, this will allow her more time to focus on her studies and relieve financial stress on her family.

Meet all of our Moe123 Scholars here.

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