(CHESTER, PA, June 21, 2022) – At a special luncheon attended by family members and sponsors, the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) awarded four $1,000 scholarships on Tuesday, June 21 to exceptional Chester residents to support their college educations. 

  • Mohamed Awad, who became a 14-year-old high school graduate from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter this month, will attend Delaware County Community College in the fall, where he will study pharmaceuticals in hopes to one day become a pharmacist.
  • Rachelle Bobo, a senior at STEM Academy at Showalter, has maintained distinguished honors throughout high school. Bobo will attend West Chester University in the fall and study psychology. Bobo is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and works with the Chester Sustainable Project, where she helps grow fresh fruits and vegetables for the Chester community.
  • Isaiah Freeman, a senior at STEM Academy at Showalter, will attend Lincoln University in the fall to study mass communications. Freeman is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and attends the Delco Equity Student Forum, while maintaining academic honors since his freshman year.
  • Genessa Green, a senior at Stem Academy at Showalter, has maintained honor roll throughout high school. Green is currently completing an internship with the Chester Education Foundation. She enjoys coding in her free time and will attend West Chester University in the fall to study Computer Science and Business Administration.

“The Making A Difference award was created to support exceptional students who will make a difference in the community,” said CHA Executive Director Steven Fischer. “Mohamed, Rachelle, Isaiah, and Genessa are more than deserving of this award, and we cannot wait to see what success they find and put back into the community.”

The students received the “Making A Difference” (M.A.D) award from Chester Housing Initiatives, Inc., a nonprofit subsidiary of the housing authority. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship committee honors recipients each year in person at a luncheon. 

“Since I come from a large family with a single working parent, receiving this scholarship means that I will be able to further my education beyond high school,” Awad said. “This scholarship proves that I can step above and beyond and pursue all my dreams to one day receive a doctoral degree.”

“Becoming a recipient of the M.A.D. scholarship is a life-changing achievement for me,” Bobo said. “I know this scholarship will help me in my goal of having a career in mental health field.”

“Receiving this scholarship means so much to me,” Freeman said. “There are plenty of students in the city that are well deserving and match the qualities of receiving this scholarship. I’m beyond blessed and grateful to be one.”

“Receiving this scholarship means the world to me and it will make my dream of attending college possible,” Green said. “I hope that one day I can help manage a tech company and inspire others – especially young black women – that anything is possible.”

The M.A.D. scholarship was founded in 2019 to assist college-enrolled residents who show strong academic success and involvement in extracurricular activities. CHA Director of Housing Operations, Norman Wise created the permanent scholarship fund with a personal donation of $1,000 in 2019 which was awarded to public housing resident, student, and inaugural recipient Paul Mays Jr.

“The M.A.D. scholarship was formulated as another form of support for our community members,” said Wise. “Every year we see how this scholarship plays a small role in making a difference and are confident that the recipients will put good back into the world as a result of receiving it.” 

This year, the scholarship fund received donations from various CHA vendors, including AGD Manna Cleaning Services, Kubas Keller and Associates, and Remington and Vernick Engineers. For the second year in a row, CHA employees participated in a “CHA Biggest Losers” competition to raise money for the scholarship fund, raising a total of $650.

14 year-old HS graduate Mohamed Awad