The Yakubu Saaka Scholarship Fund

by African Student Association

Impact Area: Environment, Other

Campus Area: Student Life, Other


Funding for this Project ended on 2016-06-01

$273

Raised out of $500

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To honor the legacy of a tireless advisor and mentor for students, the Yakubu Saaka Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 to support African students wishing to attend Oberlin College and with demonstrated financial need.

Dr. Yakubu Saaka was a well beloved figure on the Oberlin campus. He led an extraordinary life and career. He was a devoted and longtime professor of African American Studies, served as an ambassador to the United Nations, and was a member of the Ghanaian Parliament. On campus, he helped to shape and transform the African American Studies and Community Development program into what it is today. Dr. Saaka was not only a professor, but an advisor and mentor for African students.

Since his death in 2008, the African Student Association (ASA) has chosen to honor his life and work by establishing this scholarship and has taken an active role in raising money for it. In addition to the efforts from ASA, the Class of 2015 voted for this scholarship to be one of their senior projects. Raising funds for this scholarship hasn’t been easy. But with Oberlin's long-standing and historic commitment to providing access to African students, this is an important fund to support. 

To raise support for the scholarship, the Association established the ASA Banquet. This banquet is a great opportunity to enjoy proper African food from all over the continent and it has become a widely popular event on campus. They also hosted a fashion show that displays the traditional and modern fashions from the African continent. The show has food, performances, and opportunities to buy clothes, jewelry, and music. All proceeds from these events have gone to the Yakubu Saaka Scholarship Fund.  

Dr. Saaka touched many lives on campus and has been greatly missed. This scholarship allows us to honor his life and impact the lives of current and future African students. Please join us, the African Student Association, in supporting this cause.

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    Sallaymatu Kallon '17

    Co-chair of ASA

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    Nino Ismaill '17

    Co-chair of ASA

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    Thobeka Mnisi '18

    ASA Member

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    Nicolas Randrianarivelo '18

    ASA Member

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Megan Bautista

$ 100

Samuel Marquis

$ 5

Stephanie Atwood

$ 5

Miriam Bar-Zemer

$ 5

Lindsey Bernhardt

$ 5

Sreyashi Bhattacharyya

$ 5

Rebecca Cohen

$ 20

Madeleine-Kate Dorner

$ 5

Sophia Fast

$ 1

Dominic Fiallo

$ 5

Eli Fisher

$ 2

Hannah Grandine

$ 2

Mitchell Herrmann

$ 2

Merlin Hoffman

$ 5

Zia Kandler

$ 3

Ivan Krasnov

$ 5

Alison Kronstadt

$ 5

Margaret Langhorne

$ 5

Sarel Loewus

$ 3

Zoe Martens

$ 25

Benjamin Rabin

$ 50

Laura Shriver

$ 5

Sarah Trutner

$ 5

Alisa Yamasaki