Congratulations to IDEA senior Trejore McLean on receiving the David M. Rubenstein Economic Club of Washington, DC Scholarship.
This prestigious scholarship includes $20,000 to pay for college, as well as participation in the Scholars to Leaders Mentor Program, which begins after high school graduation and continues through college graduation. This program connects scholarship recipients with mentors who support students throughout their college experience. The scholarship also provides winners with the opportunity to participate in summer seminars to introduce them to the operations of local companies. After their sophomore year of college, scholars are eligible to apply to exclusive summer internship programs.
Trejore hasn't yet decided where she will attend college, but her career goal is to become an OB/GYN. "I’m so invested in being an OB/GYN because I truly want to help minority women feel safe in healthcare," Trejore explained. "I want to change the distrust in Black and brown communities by being a part of representation in healthcare. Black and Brown female patients often aren't listened to when they’re in pain or aren't able to give the full story of their own health issues. When a Black doctor or Black health care worker is present in medical emergencies with Black and brown patients, the patients are more likely to be heard, understood, and safe. I want women of color to be able to truly live healthier, happier, and safer lives."
The David M. Rubenstein/Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Scholarship Program is one of the few large-scale scholarship initiatives dedicated exclusively to students graduating from D.C public and charter schools. The program is designed to promote and encourage District of Columbia public high school seniors to attend and graduate from college.