A University of Maryland, College Park, student has been nominated among 10 candidates nationwide to receive a $2,500 Making A Difference award from the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards, an online awards show through BET.com.
Ola Ojewumi, 21, was chosen by show producers due to her public service work as the founder and director of two nonprofit organizations, Sacred Hearts Children’s Transplant Foundation and Project ASCEND, which helps Maryland students receive funding for community service projects.
Through the foundation nonprofit, she’s collected hundreds of teddy bears and books to be donated to children living with illnesses throughout the U.S. and has raised awareness about organ donations.
Ojewumi’s bio and information will be added to the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! show page on BET.com for viewers to nominate their favorite contestant through Sept. 14.
The top three candidates receiving the most votes will be given a $2,500 grant courtesy of Crest to support their community work.
Ojewumi was the recipient of two organ transplants for her heart and kidney when she was 11 years old.