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Raiders Grant Shopping Spree to Akintunde Ahmad, Oakland Teen Headed to Yale

Yale-Univ.-Oakland-TeenRemember Oakland teen Akintunde Ahmad with a 5.0 GPA and 2100 SAT score? Well, the 18-year-old, who is heading to Yale in the fall on a full scholarship, is continuing to receive recognition and rewards for his outstanding academic achievements.

On May 20, football hall of famer Willie Brown and three NFL players from the Oakland Raiders granted the young scholar with a shopping spree at the Raider Image Store, according to ABC7. In addition to a shopping spree, the teen, who was awarded $15,000 on Ellen Degeneres’ show last month, was also presented with a Windows Pro Surface computer from the team’s general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Outside of being recognized for his academic success, Ahmad, who plays three instruments as well as high school baseball, was also recently honored as Oakland region’s student athlete of the year by California’s governing body for high school sports.

article by Courtney Connley via blackenterprise.com

Oakland Teen Akintunde Ahmad Receives $15,000 Towards Yale from “Ellen” (VIDEO)

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With news breaking of teens like Kwasi Enin and Akintunde Ahmad being accepted to several Ivy League schools, many people were proud of their success but wondered how the families would be able to afford the expensive tuition for these schools. Well Ellen may have eased those worries for the Ahmad family.

17-year-old Akintunde Ahmad defied the odds recently when he received a 2100 SAT score, maintained a GPA of 5.0 and was accepted to multiple Ivy League schools including Yale, Brown and Columbia.

Ellen Degeneres invited the Oakland teen on her show where he revealed his plans to attend Yale University. To help him with tuition and other expenses she presented him with a $15,000 check. Ahmad also told a story about how he decided to write an essay instead of attending a party where his brother was later shot at one night. His brother survived, but Ahmad basically revealed that hitting the books instead of the house party may have saved his life.

Kudos to Ellen for highlighting stories like this. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Akintunde! View his appearance on The Ellen Show below:

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Pharrell & Ellen Surprise Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences Students with $50K

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Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS) students have a lot to be happy about today. In addition to dazzling web viewers with their now-viral rendition of Pharrell’s hit single, the kids got a huge gift from Ellen Degeneres today: $50,000!

According to DAAS CEO Maurice G. Morton, 80 percent of the schools’ students live at or below the poverty line, and 98 percent of them qualify for free or reduced lunch. While many schools have shuttered their arts programs, DAAS uses music and art to ensure their students stay engaged and motivated to learn.

Like many inner-city schools, DAAS is strapped for cash. The school has been attempting to raise money to help the choir get to Disneyworld for a performance, but Ellen intervened, giving DAAS a $50,000 check courtesy of Shutterfly.

After hearing the news, DAAS students were, well, extremely happy. They even performed their too-cute version of the song, bringing Pharrell Williams to tears.  To see video of this story, click here.

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