1998 Scholar Profiles
Aaliyah N. Williams
Psychology (Cum Laude)
Aaliyah Williams finished second in a class of 795 students at Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her commitment to scholarship is revealed not only in her schoolwork, but also in her summer participation in academic enrichment programs. These include the Duke University Talent Identification Program, Georgetown University's Junior Statesman of America Summer Program, and coursework in Southern Methodist University and Johns Hopkins University.
A peer tutor and member of the Cultural Awareness Club, Aaliyah founded the peer mediation program at her high school. She also joined the French Club and was elected president of Union's National Honor Society chapter. She participated in the United Way Volunteer Program and devoted countless hours to community improvement.
Aaliyah is in her third year at Harvard where she is president of the Black Students Association; last year she served as Lecture Series Chair. She was president of the Freshman Black Table and is a member of the black gospel choir Kuumba.
A cognitive neuroscience major, Aaliyah has interned with the Children's Medical Center in Tulsa, the Alzheimer's Association, and McMaster Carr Industrial Supply Company. She is interested in health care management. Since becoming a member of the Ron Brown Scholar Family, Aaliyah has drawn sustenance from her interactions with other Scholars: "All my life I have yearned to meet other African-American young people who value the same ideals and goals. Participating in provocative debates, interacting with such an energetic group during the scholars' weekend, and witnessing such a remarkable camaraderie have inspired me greatly."