September 2016 News
2016 Graduate Named Davidson Fellow
Friday, September 30, 2016
Justine Izah, a 2016 graduate from the Indiana Academy has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. She is one of 20 students to be awarded this honor and the only one from Indiana
Justine transferred her junior year from La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Indiana. She began attending Indiana University this Fall with 22 transferable credits and hopes to major in sociology and neuroscience with a minor in social work.
Justine is a published author and past president of the Academy’s Third Wave Feminism Club. She has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development based on her project, “An Examination of Black Liberation, Stereotypes, Healthcare and Education Through the Eyes of a Black Woman.” She is one of 20 students to be awarded this honor and the only one from Indiana. She has also been awarded the Nagubadi Family Scholarship and the Provost Scholarship from Indiana University.
Justine’s project is an intense study of blackness and the computation of what centuries of oppression has caused. Justine explored the racial disparities facing black people, specifically women, and the inequities they experience in education, health care, and economic status. Inspired by her own experiences, Justine hopes that her research will shed light on the black experience and create empathy in non-black readers.
In addition to her interests in writing and political activism, Justine also enjoys sewing, fitness, and music. She has been involved with Girl Scouts, South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement, National Spanish Honor Society. While at the Academy, she was in the Science Olympiad, Spanish Club, and Third Wave Feminist Club.