GardenPhoto.EarthWormsLadyBugsWe are thrilled to recognize yet another landmark achievement by outstanding Roots of Success graduate Jamela Brown. Jamela, who completed Roots of Success in 2010 while participating in the San Mateo Green Jobs Academy, and recently finished a year-long internship at the NASA Ames Research Center, was  selected as a 2013 Fellow of the Pearson Prize for Higher Education. She joins 100 students (out of thousands of applicants) from around the country who are being recognized for their leadership,  service, and commitment to local communities.

Pearson Prize recipients will receive a scholarship award, guidance from Pearson — the largest  book publisher and education company in the world — and opportunities to collaborate with past and current Prize Fellows — which will foster a community of social justice activists, advocates, and entrepreneurs from across the country. “Today, I have many awards as testimony of my belief that Roots of Success opened the door to my future as an environmental scientist, educator, and entrepreneur,” Jamela explains, “as a result of completing the course, my desire to extend awareness in the areas of sustainability and complete my degree in environmental science has grown.”

All of us at Roots of Success would like to congratulate Jamela for her accomplishments! We also want to encourage other graduates doing impactful work in their communities to seek out nonprofit institutions, public agencies, and philanthropic organizations who recognize community service through scholarships, grants, fellowships, and other awards — and to share these achievements with us.