Recipients of the Yohan Abraham memorial scholarship for AY 2019-20 at MTSU

For the academic year 2019-2020 we awarded two scholarships of five thousand each to a junior and senior in the accounting program at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University). The senior recipient was Areez Sadiki who was the recipient of the junior scholarship last year. She continued to impress her professors with her hard work and excellence leading them to reward her this year with the same scholarship. Our junior recipient this year is Lillia Hendrickson. She is a scholar in the accounting department and a cadet with the ROTC (Army). We are delighted the accounting department decided to award the scholarship to her. A $5,000 scholarship is one of the largest given to an MTSU student. Over 90%of MTSU students receive some sort of financial aid so an opportunity for this kind of help is not taken lightly.

The Department of Accounting awards several much smaller scholarships each year to applicants in February for the following academic year. We encourage all accounting majors to apply and try to reward each capable student. A committee of Department of Accounting faculty members review the applications looking for potential professional success, financial need and community service. For the Yohan Abraham Scholarship, the committee tries to find a military veteran that is involved in the community. If no veterans are in the pool, the committee looks for the next applicant who has made the most significant contribution in community service with the greatest academic achievements. We have also been fortunate to make two awards the past two years – Blake Hise in 2017 and Areez Sadiki in 2018. Both students are paying their way through college. Blake is now a graduate assistant in the Master of Accountancy program, and has accepted a tax position with Ernst & Young in the Fall of 2019. Areez is a highly recruited student who will soon be seeking internships.

Lillia Hendrickson with Elizabeth and Mandy from YAF

Lillia Hendrickson with Elizabeth and Mandy from YAF

Areez Sadiki with Cathy from YAF

Areez Sadiki with Cathy from YAF

For AY 2018-19 we have donated 75 laptops to the Smith County High school

We are happy to announce that for academic year 2018 -2019 we have procured and donated 75 notebooks to Smith County High school. Students in the classrooms of Ms. Christy Scudder, Mr. Dillon Reed, and Ms. Kristen Kyte have access to these Chromebooks during their fifth period classes in French, Theatre Arts, and Sociology. We would especially like to thank Ms. Melinda Spivey, Mr. Timothy Towns and Ms. Cathy McNulty for there leadership and efforts in bringing this project to fruition. The Smith County Insider newspaper carried the event.

Foundation is featured in Hiker Trash Podcast Episode 07 - Two Trails

Hi all: Stefans' story about his journey hiking the Appalachian Trail in Yohan's memory was recently featured in the Hiker Trash podcast. It is a very inspiring story according to the interviewer but can judge for yourselves. You must have about 2 hours to listen to the whole podcast. It is ideal when commuting or working in the garden etc. You may find the podcast in Apple iTunes  under "Hiker Trash 07 Two Trails" or in SoundCloud or click here. We hoping this helps our efforts to get the word out about the foundation.

2018 Recipient of the Yohan Abraham memorial scholarship at MTSU

This year we are very pleased to announce our YAF scholarship recipient is Areez Sadiki in the Accounting Program at the College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. The scholarship was established by the Foundation to benefit a student or student-veteran who demonstrates a commitment to serving others (in school, in the community or at home), a strong work ethic, and leadership. One of our directors Cathy McNulty and Yohan's fiance Mandy Uhles attended on behalf of the foundation. We are very happy that Areez was selected, to quote Mandy "If Yohan had been here he would have picked her himself". The award was made at a scheduled event at the university on April 18th at the College of Business. We wish her the very best.

2017: Additional computers donated to Smith County School District

An additional contingent of 20 laptops were made available to Smith County School District and ear marked for Forks River Elementary School. The foundation is thankful for the donations that continue to come in during the year outside of our pledge drive. The supplemental donations allowed us to make one more classroom donation. We are very happy with the outcome and encourage our donors and our directors to keep up the good work.

2017: Scholarship program at MTSU

We are very pleased to announce a scholarship program for seniors in the Accounting Program at the College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. This scholarship was established by the  Foundation to benefit a student or student-veteran who demonstrates a commitment to serving others (in school, in the community or at home), a strong work ethic, and leadership qualities. The recipient is Blake H. and the award made at a scheduled event at the university on April 20th. One of our directors and Yohan's mother  attended on behalf of the foundation. We thank Carolyn Tumbleson and Stefan Abraham for bringing this effort to fuition.

Blake Hise with Prof. Jeannie Harrington at the award ceremony

Blake Hise with Prof. Jeannie Harrington at the award ceremony

Blake Hise with Cathy from YAF

Blake Hise with Cathy from YAF

2017: AT Hike in honor of Yohan and generate awareness for the Yohan Abraham Foundation

Yohan's brother Stefan Abraham (and President of YAF) is undertaking a hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. Yohan and Stefan planned to do this hike and this precipitated his decision to do it alone. Yohan will be there in spirit all the way. Stefan set out on Saturday April 15th on this gargantuan task. 

Enclosed is a link to some pictures we snapped at Springer mountain where the trail starts. Notice the shoes I (Paul Abraham) am wearing. They are Yohan's boots and I will wear them along parts of the trail where I join Stefan on his journey

https://www.facebook.com/yohan.abraham/posts/10108025481737198?pnref=story

You can follow Stefan's journey on Instagram where his handle is Oskeewowwowil or on facebook as stefan Abraham

2017: Computers for Smith County Scholars

We are happy to announce that for 2017 we have procured and donated 40 notebooks to Smith County Board of Education. The notebooks will be made available to teachers for use in their curriculum in two mobile and lockable carts. One cart will be made available to Forks River Elementary School and the other will made available at The Smith County High School. The handoverwas done at a ceremony on April 4th at these schools. One of our directors was on hand for the presentation. We would especially like to thank Melinda Spivey and Cathy McNulty for there leadership and efforts in bringing this project to fruition. A local newspaper carried the event.