JRF Scholar Profile: Angel Nwachukwu

July 10, 2015 - Alumni

“As a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar I am a part of a family full of mentors and peers. Last spring the Leadership Conference opened my eyes to how truly powerful a resource the foundation is, not just academically or financially but personally as well. After having a rough start to the semester, I was able to talk to my JRF family and remember that I do not go through anything alone. At the conference, I heard amazing stories, met new people, shared laughs, and built memories. I even remember tweeting ‘I love the JRF Leadership Conferences. I might come feeling discouraged but leave motivated and encouraged.’ That’s what the Jackie Robinson Foundation is all about.”

Those are some recent thoughts from Angel Nwachukwu, a Junior at Duke University who is majoring in Economics with a minor in Sociology. Supported by the GE Foundation, this Houston native is taking part in a Global Inequality Research Initiative, where she assists with economics literature reviews and research conferences. Additionally, she works for the Economics Center for Teaching, where she helps students navigate their major while also promoting interesting new courses. She gives back to various communities in myriad ways, including her previous work as Project Director and Secretary for Nourish International. Nourish is a student movement that partners with communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty. At Nourish, she planned partnerships with international nonprofits, fundraised and trained project participants for their work in various international regions. Passionate about early childhood education, Angel spent this summer working with children ages two to five at the Bertha Alyce Early Childhood Center. Angel has also held executive board positions on the Black Student Alliance, Nakisai Dance Ensemble, and the Duke Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

“Being a JRF Scholar means having a family that pushes me to constantly remind myself of what it takes to succeed,” said Angel about being a JRF Scholar.

Angel received aRachel Robinson International Fellowship Award to support her work with Asociacion CREAR (crear is the Spanish verb meaning to create), where she helped restore clinics and community facilities and planned a local children’s camp. Asociacion CREAR’s mission is to provide supplemental educational, recreational and career opportunities for youth with limited resources in the rural beach communities surrounding Playa Sámara in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Upon graduation Angel hopes to attend law school, leading to a career in corporate law.