Academic Success Stories

A Hearty TRiO Congratulations to Salima Mostafa!

Fall 2013 White House Intern

Salima Mostafa, a recent RU-Camden graduate was accepted to the prestigious White House Internship Program for fall 2013!

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills.  This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.  The mission of the White House Internship Program is to make the “People’s House” accessible to future leaders from around the nation. 

Salima entered RU-Camden with great determination and a love of learning.  She exemplified academic and social engagement in the full undergraduate experience.  While maintaining a high GPA as a biology major, Salima participated in peer mentoring, civic engagement/community service, undergraduate research, and was inducted into the Athenaeum Honor Society.  Future plans include preparation for the MCAT and entering medical school in the fall of 2014.

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TRiO Student Selected as the School of Business Commencement Speaker

Hideki Octavio Yamamoto has been deeply involved as a Rutgers–Camden student. In his freshman year, he benefitted from funding from the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Funds and was involved in the Trio Student Support Services. “As a first-generation student, those programs were the most valuable assets I had my freshmen year. Their guidance and support gave me the foundation I needed to be successful.”

He went on to serve as president of two campus organizations: B1GS, which stands for Bridging 1st Generation Students, and the Latin American Student Organization. He also served as a resident assistant his senior year, studied in Germany and South Africa in Learning Abroad programs, was a member of the Business Leader Development Program (BLDP), and joined Beta Alpha Psi, an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. "The leadership skills that I developed by being involved changed who I was. Before coming to Rutgers, I was a quiet and very shy student. I noticed everything that I missed by not getting out of my comfort zone, and I knew something needed to change. Rutgers–Camden gave me the tools and support I needed to become the person I wanted to be. Coming to Rutgers and being part of the community changed my life.”

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