LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Legacy Lab, Team One’s award-winning think tank and strategic consultancy, has announced the recipient of its fifth-annual The Legacy Lab Foundation Scholarship. Launched in 2019, the scholarship seeks to champion Black or African American students who represent the next generation of legacy-makers and future leaders making a lasting social impact. This year the foundation received a record-breaking number of submissions, making it the biggest applicant pool in the scholarship’s history.
“The Legacy Lab Foundation Scholarship was born out of a need to give those with important ideas on advancing culture and society the opportunity to make their vision come to life,” said Mark Miller, Chief Strategy Officer at Team One and Founder of The Legacy Lab. “In evaluating this year’s submissions, I feel incredibly optimistic that at a time when many get very fixated on temporary solutions, there is also a generation of thinkers who are looking much further ahead – embracing long-term thinking in a short term world.”
The Legacy Lab Foundation Scholarship recipients represented an array of disciplinary backgrounds – authors and consultants, MBA candidates and doctoral students, high-ranking members of student government and nonprofit founders, all committed to improving opportunities and resources for society at large, and empowering individuals to realize their full potential and make a positive impact.
Katelyn Harris, an MBA candidate at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), was awarded this year’s $15,000 scholarship for her commitment to using technology, media and education to create meaningful social change, particularly in underserved communities. Harris previously worked for Google’s Grow with Google initiative, focusing her efforts on empowering the next generation with digital skills. In addition, Harris co-founded and leads ‘Building Opportunities in Support of Sisters (BOSS),’ a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing the professional growth of high school students.
“As a first-generation college student who has intimately seen educational barriers, The Legacy Lab Foundation Scholarship is deeply personal to me,” said Harris. “It energizes my mission to enact real change in education and media, crucial elements in our digital-first world. This support empowers me to broaden my nonprofit’s career awareness programs in schools nationwide and fuels my aspiration to become a Chief Impact Officer at a large media tech company, actively shaping media as a dynamic educational tool. This scholarship is more than an accolade, it’s an affirmation of my commitment to a future where every student, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to excel and thrive.”
With substantial responses from accomplished participants, The Legacy Lab and its judging panel also recognized four additional recipients of its Rising Star Award:
- Berttila Kithia, a New York City-based author of award-winning short stories and poems and graduate from Daemen University, who is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Long Island University. Through her published books and creative writing workshops, her mission is to empower children from marginalized communities and diverse backgrounds to unlock their literacy skills.
- Quentin W. Cox, a social policy doctoral student at Brandeis University and the racial justice x technology policy Ph.D. fellow at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. His research focuses on how historically Black institutions can leverage public policy to create economic transformation that mitigates the racial wealth gap. As the founder of the Center for Urban Economic Justice, a nonprofit organization committed to dismantling the Road to Zero Wealth by building Black economic power, he leverages his military, corporate and ministry leadership experiences to develop policy initiatives and community-based programs that eliminate systemic inequalities.
- D. Nsisong Udosen, an MS candidate in the strategic design and management program at the Parsons School of Design. She uses her work as a user experience consultant to focus on creating inviting, accessible experiences for diverse groups of people to help create more opportunities for marginalized communities.
- MiChaela Barker, a third year dual MBA and MPH candidate at Yale University. As the president of student government at the Yale School of Management, founder of Matcha Scrubs, community advocate, and co-founder of the Greater Lansing Melanated Business Alliance, she centralizes her efforts on ensuring voices and concerns from people of color are heard to help improve financial literacy, healthcare outcomes and generational wealth gaps.
In partnership with Team One’s The Legacy Lab, this scholarship is powered by The Giving Back Fund, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that facilitates charitable giving. To learn more, please visit The Giving Back Fund: The Legacy Lab Foundation.
ABOUT TEAM ONE
Team One is Publicis Groupe’s fully integrated media, digital and communications agency dedicated to helping premium brands thrive in the modern media landscape. With 450 employees, Team One has six North American offices, including its Los Angeles headquarters, Dallas, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Boise. Team One clients include Lexus and the Lexus Dealer Association, Marriott International, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Barclays Bank, The RealReal, HKS Architects, KB Home, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Inc., Informa Markets, Simplot, and Cathay Pacific Airlines. Team One continues to be recognized for its industry-leading work and unique culture that encourages innovation at all levels. To learn more about the agency’s work, team, and innovation ethos, visit TeamOne-USA.com.
ABOUT THE LEGACY LAB
Launched in 2012, The Legacy Lab is a Los Angeles-based think tank exploring the dynamics of long-term brand building in a short-term world. It focuses on ambitious leaders—remarkable men and women who have succeeded in making their brands enduringly unique, inspiring and influential—even as the times, technology and competition change around them. The Legacy Lab includes The Legacy Lab Consultancy, which helps brands build legacies with the understanding that premium brands endure over time and have lasting value, as well as The Legacy Lab Foundation—a nonprofit created to invest in leaders and organizations aiming to make a durable difference in the world. The Legacy Lab is an enterprise of Team One. For more information, visit thelegacylab.com and follow all the latest learning on X, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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