Monday, February 22, 2021
Three students from Milwaukee Public Schools have been named winners of the first Rosa Parks Scholarship provided by the Milwaukee County Transit System. Congratulations to Kayla Jimenez and Iman Snobar of Ronald Reagan High School and Anya Ramos of Audubon Technology and Communication High School. The students will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
High school seniors in Milwaukee County who will attend a trade school, college, or university were invited to submit a short essay inspired by Parks’s famous quote, “Each person must live their life as a model for others.”
More than 50 essays were submitted and reviewed by a diverse panel of staff from MCTS, the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation, and the Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs.
Kayla Jimenez plans to commit to Marquette University with a major in political science and a minor in performing arts. “Winning the Rosa Parks scholarship means everything to me because I am a minority woman in America, facing racially fueled struggles just as Rosa Parks did,” she shared. “I've made it my personal mission to continue the fight for equality and so to be recognized with the scholarship is a reminder to me that my efforts are being heard.”
Anya Ramos revealed that the theme of the essay contest resonated for her. “The quote we responded to was something I stand by every single day,” she said. “I'm currently looking into a major in sociology or social justice. After my undergrad, I plan to go to law school so I can become an employment lawyer to fight against the injustices through workplaces.”
Iman Snobar plans to major in political science and ethnic studies with a concentration or minor in human rights. She also has aspirations as a human rights attorney. “When I discovered the Rosa Parks scholarship, I knew I had to apply because it granted me the ability to describe how my efforts no matter how large or small do not go unnoticed,” she said. “Winning this scholarship has been an amazing honor because it offers me the ability to continue advocating and helping others in need. To be recognized for accomplishments, values, morals, and ideas is so gratifying.”
Milwaukee Public Schools congratulates our three winners. You make us MPS Proud!