The Red Thread Foundation for Women is proud to announce our award recipients for the 2016-2017 academic year! Our winners are chosen from a pool of highly accomplished applicants based on written essays explaining the impact of their international background, academic and career goals, and recommendations. Our award winners are truly impressive, demonstrating academic excellence, community leadership, a desire to excel, and a commitment to improve the world around them.


Magdalen reflects a truly global background; born in Italy to Ghanaian parents,  she is now on her way to Barnard College this fall. She is interested in medicine, saying “I want to become an epidemiologist or pathologist because I want to understand the inner mechanics and complexities of diseases.” While attending Robert E Lee High School in Virginia, Magdalen was President of the Color Guard and President of her church’s Youth Group.  One recommendation commented that “When asked to describe herself in three words, Magdalen’s teachers chose these adjectives: open-minded, persistent, and a critical thinker.”

In her application essay, Kimberly wrote: “As a little girl I never thought about my ethnic background…it took me traveling 6, 248 miles away from home to Beijing, China to realize that I was actually different. ” This coming fall, Kimberly will make another long journey, from Los Angeles, CA to Connecticut to attend Weslyan University, to study political science and international relations or global studies. “She is deeply involved with issues, such as restorative justice, women’s rights, and gentrification, impacting the communities with which she identifies”, wrote one of her recommenders – so it’s no surprise that Kimberly aspires to be a civil rights attorney.

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