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Biology Student Wins Community Service Scholarship Award from
March 8, 2017, Potsdam, New York
Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson University Vice
President for External Relations Kelly Chezum, biology student
Adetutu "Tutu" Olowu '17 of Staten Island, N.Y.,
and Clarkson University President Tony Collins attend the
2017 Independent Sector Student Community Service Awards.
Olowu was honored for her work as a community service leader
and ambassador for higher education.
The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in
New York (CICU) has selected Clarkson University biology student
Adetutu "Tutu" Olowu '17 of Staten Island, N.Y.,
for a 2017 Independent Sector Community Service Award for
her work as a community service leader and ambassador for
Adetutu Olowu, a graduate of Port Richmond High School in
Staten Island, N.Y., is one of 10 outstanding New York Tuition
Assistance Program (TAP) recipients from independent private,
not-for-profit colleges and universities who are being recognized
for their leadership in community service.
Each student awardee will receive a $500 scholarship from
the H.D. Paley Scholarship Fund, named in honor of CICU's
"At home on Staten Island, in Potsdam and during international
service trips, Adetutu Olowu is an ambassador for higher education
and how university students can make a difference in their
local and larger world community," said Mary Beth Labate,
president of CICU in New York. "I am personally humbled
and inspired by the significant accomplishments of Tutu and
our other honorees.
"Together, these scholarship winners are testament
to the diversity of our students, and to the many contributions
that private, not-for-profit colleges and universities make
to communities across New York State. They are proof that
investing in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) gives New
Yorkers the choice and the support they need to enroll at
colleges and universities where they can truly thrive."
As a Potsdam Central School volunteer, Olowu leads the "Crazy
8's" after school program for 20 first-graders who have
fun while learning higher level mathematics. She also is a
mentor in the Integrated Clarkson Experience (ICE), which
is a university STEM initiative to pair college students with
high school students who are at risk of not graduating.
Through daily contact about personal and academic progress
and participation in monthly STEM-based workshops on campus,
Olowu's mentee already has created a College Board SAT account,
identified potential colleges for her desired major, and begun
the process to acquire career information and financial aid.
Building the confidence of youth is nothing new to Olowu.
She has spent three summers with New York City Public Schools
Athletic League (NYC PSAL) Big Apple Games, which provides
children a safe environment to engage in sports, arts and
life skills management. Since fall 2012, she has also been
a nursery school teacher for her church.
At Clarkson, Olowu is not only an ambassador for community
service, but a force multiplier for volunteer work. She is
a founder and vice president of the Minority Association of
Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), an organization dedicated to
preparing students for their future in medicine with a focus
on community service and leadership. MAPS is raising money
to buy a wheelchair accessible van for a local boy with Duchenne
Muscular Dystrophy, and this effort has now spread to several
other clubs on campus.
Demonstrating leadership and diplomacy, she served as trip
leader for Clarkson’s Doctors Without Borders assignment
in San Jose, Costa Rica, which focused on conducting physical
therapy routines for the elderly. She also has taken volunteer
rotations in the pediatric and OB/GYN units of the Ikeja General
Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, and the Staten Island University
Hospital’s pulmonary care unit.
As vice president for programming for Phi Delta Epsilon
International Medical Fraternity, Olowu has been the dance
marathon director and raised more than $6,000 for the Children’s
Miracle Network at the regional Samaritan Medical Center.
She also volunteers for the Potsdam Humane Society and organizes
events that lead to new pet adoption.
Along with New York State’s TAP, the Collegiate Science
and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) made it possible for
Olowu to study immunocytochemistry and acquire laboratory
skills under Assistant Professor of Biology Cintia Hongay.
She has blended this experience with more than 90 hours per
semester in tutoring in cellular biology and past service
as the resident leader for the Women in Engineering Science
and Technology housing block for women pursuing STEM field
A recipient of the Presidential Citizen Award in her senior
year at Port Richmond High School, Olowu was recognized for
public service, good citizenship and community service, and
she has been recognized by the American Legion with a certificate
extolling her qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism,
scholarship and service.
While achieving a 3.59 GPA, Olowu's generosity of time and
commitment to community service work is fully aligned to her
career goals in medicine and finding health solutions for
children. She is an ambassador for higher education and how
university students can make a difference in their local and
larger world community.
Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy.
One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent
senior executive of a company. With its main campus located
in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and
research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y.,
Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with
signature areas of academic excellence and research directed
toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous
programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education,
sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living
community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and
cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status
quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.