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Keeper of the Dream: Tamia Smith

Keeper of the Dream: Tamia Smith

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief March 22, 2023

Senior Tamia Smith remembers being independent at a young age. While other children had to be told what to do, Smith did things without having to be asked. Looking toward her mother as her inspiration,...

Keeper of the Dream: Kyle Griggs

Keeper of the Dream: Kyle Griggs

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief March 15, 2023

Throughout his life, Oakland University junior Kyle Griggs has yearned to belong to a community where he could be himself. When he became a Keeper of the Dream Award (KOD) recipient, he recognized that...

Keeper of the Dream: Krystal Davis

Keeper of the Dream: Krystal Davis

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief February 22, 2023

Oakland University senior Krystal Davis understood the meaning of the word sacrifice from a young age. Both of her parents worked full-time jobs to provide as many opportunities as possible for Davis,...

Keeper of the Dream: Guadalupe Avalos

Keeper of the Dream: Guadalupe Avalos

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief February 15, 2023

As a first-generation college student, sophomore Guadalupe Avalos had to act independently when embarking on her college education. When she became a Keeper of the Dream Award (KOD) recipient, she showed...

2023 Keeper of the Dream recipient D’Zariah Hopkins.

Keeper of the Dream: D’Zariah Hopkins

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief February 8, 2023

After her first college class, Oakland University sophomore D’Zariah Hopkins felt out of place. As a first-generation student, she experienced imposter syndrome that made her feel like she didn’t belong. When...

Keeper of the Dream: Mena Hannakachl

Keeper of the Dream: Mena Hannakachl

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2023

When Oakland University junior Mena Hannakachl moved to the U.S., she recalls being misjudged as people assumed she was a naive, silent girl. Hannakachl receiving the Keeper of the Dream Award (KOD) solidifies...

Zoé Rosario at the Keeper of the Dream Awards ceremony.

Keeper of the Dream: Zoé Rosario

Autumn Okuszka, Editor-in-Chief January 25, 2023

As Oakland University junior Zoé Rosario sat at the Keeper of the Dream Awards (KOD) ceremony, she cried as she reflected on her life. She realized that she was able to prove those who thought less of...

The 30th annual Keeper of the Dream recipients. Isabella Mahuad (upper right), gives some insight into the awards impact.

Keeper of the Dream award recipient shares thoughts on interracial issues

Rachel Yim, Science & Technology Reporter January 12, 2022

The Keeper of the Dream (KOD) Scholarship Awards at Oakland University celebrates its 30th anniversary. Established in January of 1993, the KOD Scholarship Award honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s...

The scholarship recognizes OU students who have contributed to interracial understanding and goodwill.

Keeper of the Dream Award to receive applications for 30th year

Rachel Yim, Science & Technology Reporter September 29, 2021

Oakland University’s annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards is now accepting applications. Established in January of 1993, this year’s Keeper of the Dream Award will mark its 30th anniversary. The...

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