For her outstanding academic accomplishments and community service, South Cobb High School rising senior Zainab Molumo was recently named a national Alexander Hamilton Scholar (AHS).
Zainab was one of 33 high school juniors selected in 2017 for being a high-achieving, service-oriented high school student who embodies Hamiltonian principles of character and leadership through service. Of the founding fathers, Hamilton was the only one born into poverty. As a result of mentorship, guidance, and a scholarship to attend college, Hamilton was able to leave a lasting legacy that forever changed our nation. With the support of the AHS non-profit, scholars strive to do the same.
Through the Hamilton Leadership Program, scholars like Zainab will complete a rigorous five-year curriculum designed to provide her with practical tools for success in college and in the post-college world. Scholars complete a series of assignments and attend yearly Leader Weeks designed around five curriculum pillars: transition, heritage, empowerment, financial literacy and leadership. This support helps individual scholars as they pursue their ambitious goals. It also empowers them to generate long-term systematic improvements in their communities that will create sustainable and positive change on a nationwide scale. At the completion of the program, Hamilton Scholars will be equipped to achieve their personal and professional goals and to realize AHS’ vision to build leaders of character who improve the nation and world through their service, innovation and excellence.
The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Zainab arrived in the United States in 2003. She is currently enrolled in South Cobb High’s Academy of Research and Medical Sciences, a rigorous magnet program established to assist students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. From a tender age, Zainab has fostered a passion and immense understanding of science, specifically medicine, and she aspires to one day become a dermatologist or OB/GYN.
Zainab is the second-time president of Ladies of Unity, a female leadership organization geared towards building involved leaders and citizens of the future through numerous bonding activities, community outreach and character-building experiences. These activities include coordination of various fundraising events, elementary and middle school outreach programs and beautification efforts on her school campus.
In addition to Ladies of Unity, Zainab is also a member of the National Honor Society (NHS), the Beta Club, National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), Muslim Student Awareness Club (MSA) and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). Currently the Secretary of NHS and HOSA, Zainab is also the president-elect for MSA. Zainab is a recipient of the President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence and the Mayor of Powder Springs’s Trustworthiness Award. She placed in the top 10 at the state level in a HOSA-facilitated competitive event. For the past three summers, Zainab volunteered at a local hospital, where she has clocked more than 100 community service hours.
In light of her passion for words and people, Zainab’s ultimate aspiration is to provide comfort and inspiration to those in need through a healthcare career. It is also Zainab’s dream to begin a network of nonprofit clinics to help people without access to affordable healthcare in developing nations.
Sarah Kessel, Supervisor
Contributing Author: Nan Kiel