“AWIB has started something amazing and inspiring. Because of your efforts to start a fund, you have given us hope, and we will continue to spread that message. It is scholarships like these that allow young women like us to experience, become a better person, and have the opportunity to make and do the best of what life spins in our direction. I cannot describe the degree to which I am grateful for this scholarship; I thank you for making a difference for me.”
– Keiko Akashi, class of 2009
Keiko is from New York and attends CUNY Baruch Honors College in New York City, majoring in International Marketing. Keiko’s leadership positions include serving as the Opportunities Abroad Director for Solutions Across Borders, Program Director/ Secretary for the Golden Key Honors Society, Director of the Hurricane Katrina Fundraising Event, Team Recruitment Chair for Relay for Life, Team Leader for the NY Cares Day and part of the Pro TV Film Team for DCTV. In addition to pursuing a multitude of community service and leadership initiatives, she also found the time to participate on the Women’s Swimming and Women’s Cross Country teams.
In April of 2008 she was presented with the CUNY Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership and Community Service at the Macaulay Honors College. Keiko is passionate about international issues and has been known to organize and support efforts to bring about social justice. Over the years, Keiko has had the opportunity to volunteer abroad in France, Thailand, and El Salvador.
Recently Keiko has taken up the responsibility from her student club to partner with a non-profit to organize, coordinate, and lead a group of students to Ghana this coming April in a volunteer initiative to combat the spread of malaria through a mosquito net distribution initiative. Keiko intends to use the scholarship towards the purchase of supplies needed for the volunteer initiative overseas. Keiko is currently studying abroad in Greece this winter break.