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Innovative Wilmette Student Wins CA Service Scholarship
  • Posted on Thu, May 24, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

Chicago Academic Tutoring is proud to announce the winner our 2012 Service Award. After considering over 1700 candidates, we have chosen Syeda Fatima of Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois to receive the $500 scholarship. Gil Gibori, the Director of Chicago Academic, will be presenting Syeda with this award at Regina’s Awards Convocation on May 25th. 

As a boutique tutoring company serving the entire Chicagoland community, we are privileged to work closely with students, parents and educators throughout the city and suburbs. With this award Chicago Academic seeks to promote community responsibility and involvement among young, college bound Chicago students. 

Syeda has demonstrated exemplary initiative and leadership in creating and administering her Together We Feedorganization. With just under $9,000 raised, managing 40 volunteers over 8000 miles away, Syeda was able to provide a year’s worth of food to 400 impoverished families in India. 

 Having left Hyderabad, India before her second birthday, Syeda was raised with an obvious connection to two communities: that of her birth and that of her youth here in Chicago. Her compassion and empathy are further exemplified by her efforts to provide clothing for rural children and religious garments for homeless members of her Indian community. She is a young innovator, seeing community service as an opportunity to “think out of the box”, saying that with “every service project I try to do something different and original.” 

 Michael Betlinski, her counselor at Regina Dominican High School, describes Syeda as “one of our finest seniors.” He goes on to poignantly say “[at Regina] we pride ourselves in believing that our students will do more outside the classroom than they ever do in it. Syeda is the perfect example with regard to her charity work for her native India. Too often today’s youth are looking for a handout...Syeda definitely looks at her gifts as a source of responsibility for future service.”

 Syeda will begin her hopeful journey at Illinois Institute of Technology next fall, moving toward her goal of medical school and a career in biomedical research to “find a cure” for the Alzheimer’s disease that claimed her grandmother. 

 While we applaud her ambitious professional goals for the future, we honor her today with the Chicago Academic Service Award for her innovative and compassionate approach to community service on two continents. With all she has achieved, we are proud to help send this singularly exceptional Chicago student toward a bright future of service and commitment toward an improved global community.

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