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Akintoye Akindele, majoring in Business, is a DiversityJobs Scholarship Finalist

My parents are from Africa. They migrated to the United States about three decades ago. I am the youngest of three children. I was born in the hardened neighborhoods of Detroit Michigan where I witnessed my parents make the most of very difficult circumstances. In the process they lifted themselves up and gave my siblings and me a happy home filled with love, joy, security, and a future of promising possibilities. 

I am currently an undergraduate student at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. However, I aspire to go beyond that and pursue a law degree. I am striving to become an accomplished attorney and advocate, employing the law not only to earn a decent living, but also advocate on behalf of underprivileged people in society. Coming from an under-privileged neighborhood, and managing to see past my circumstances as an African American male in the inner city, I understand the importance of giving back. 

Additionally, my unique family background has afforded me the opportunity to travel around the world and to experience different cultures and other people’s circumstances. Visiting my homeland in Africa, I have come to realize why my parents constantly lecture to me about taking advantage of the opportunities I have and to appreciate why I am blessed to be an American citizen. To see members of my extended family remaining positive, hopeful, and happy despite their circumstance, further put things into perspective for me. Seeing kids my age working to support their families, begging for money, and simply looking for a small ration of food to get through the day has kept me humble. These experiences have made me realize how much many of us take for granted in our otherwise sheltered life in America.

My life’s success will not be measured by my individual status economically, but by the impact I am able to make in communities like my own. A business degree along with being an attorney will allow me to provide financial and emotional support to the youth of struggling communities who were not blessed with the family support that I may have had. I understand that I am lucky. I easily could have become overwhelmed by the circumstances and temptations of my community, but I was fortunate enough to have a solid foundation. Therefore my ultimate desire is to be a resource to those just like me, and change as many lives as I can. In my eyes, the purpose of my education is to have the ability to educate others. My experiences, and the things that I have learned have already inspired me to show others who simply do not know the opportunities that are out there. Young students are often blind to what the world has to offer, and it is my job to expose different opportunities to them and provide the necessary support for them to attain success.

DiversityJobs.com’s scholarship program is proud to announce Akintoye Akindele as one of the finalists for its December 2012 application deadline. Vote for his essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • B. Jones

    A truly inspiring account. I too plan on attending law school after attaining my Masters in Sport Management from Georgetown University. Like yourself I want to take the knowledge I’ll gain in contract law and share it with uninformed and sometimes misguided athletes so they aren’t lead down a path of bankruptcy and destruction. Whether or not you receive the scholarship won’t dictate the success you’ll experience, best of luck in the future

  • Wale

    What Toye has written in this essay couldn’t have been said any better. I am his older brother and I couldn’t have been more proud of what he has already done in his young life. He has inspired me to be a better person and brother, and has even pushed me to take my education more serious, which has allowed me to graduate this pass year. Weather he recieves the scholarship or not from the comments that have been shared already, he is definetly a scholar in our eyes and will continue to be a romodel for generations to come.

  • Galvin

    I have really enjoyed reading this story of your dreams, passions and struggles. I think your experiences will help you to excel in the field of law and I can’t wait to see you in your future bro.

  • Kamille

    your resilience and commitment to your community are beautiful traits. your worldly view is refreshing in a day and age where many lack a perspective that goes beyond individual desires.

  • Ikem Okwudiafor

    This is a story that I resonate with quite a bit. My family experienced many of the same struggles, and I can appreciate the process he’s made and the goals he has.

  • Patricia

    Toye is the product of an inspiring story of a young man who is determined to make a difference not only in his own community, but in communities around the world. Toye is not driven by the selfishness of financial success for himself, but instead be fights for the underprivileged and is determined to bless others with the blessings that was given to him- a great candidate for this scholarship.

  • Omolewa

    Toye is definitely a hardworking young man who absolutely deserves this scholarship. No matter what struggles come his way, he’s always rising to the top. I can’t wait to witness the great things he will do in the future!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aderike.adenle Aderike Adenle

    I have watched Akintoye grow to become the young and grounded man he is. While others may attempt to make their stories profound by adding details which may be untrue, Toye is definitely as authentic as you will ever get. Everything written in this essay is very accurate. Watching him grow from his Spelling Bee in first grade at Stellwagen Academy on Detroit’s east side to persevering , excelling and becoming the valedictorian at his high school in California, I can definitely testify to the fact that he truly deserves this award.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shalom.roth1 Dove Shalom Roth

    Good job Toye. Keep educating and helping the people in this world. We should all do as you do.

  • mayowa

    This is a great essay and very inspiring to everyone who reads it. You definitely deserve the scholarship!

  • greg

    a truly inspirational young man that understands the power of Education and the significance of giving back! displaying his potential to contribute greatly to society, no one person could be more deserving of the scholarship than Akintoye.

  • Bolaji

    Stories like these is the reason why I continue to have hope for the change and progression of our underprivileged communities. It is crucial that one recognizes their privilege and utilizes the resources they have to better those who don’t have the same resources. Akintoye, you are a gifted individual who has seen and experienced what it is like to live in an underprivileged environment and then be able to grow out of that community to attain a degree in the top University in the Nation. I wish you the best in all your future endeavors, as I see you have legitimate reasons and experience to receive this scholarship.

  • Sederic

    A very inspiring essay that highlights an individual from a unique background with great potential and a future leader.

  • Anonymous

    We must invest our resources in people who know the importance of giving back, they are most important to a better society. Akintoye has an aspiring story and is worthy of an investment toward his goals.

  • James L.

    Akntoyes story is astonishing, his knolwdge of his and his family hardship is what keeps him excelling at the rate he is , being in HAAS school of Business at UC Berkely is but one of many obstacles he perservered through to reach something well deserved. This essay gives light to that perserverance.

  • Tyler

    Definitely deserves this scholarship. He has gone through a lot and come out of it all with an unwavering positive attitude. He’s got my vote!

  • romeo

    very inspiring! Well deserving of the scholarship

  • temi t

    this a wonderful essay, this young man has a bright future and is an example of one should not let their circumstance dictate their future. Well done Akintoye! Very deserving of this scholarship

  • AkilahB

    This is a great essay. Your story is well written and the details are descriptive to make me want to continue reading your story. I give my move for Akintoye. He is well deserving of this scholarship.

  • Andrea

    Akindele, I have read or listened to each essay, while each….including this one…presents a bit of life experiences and its hardships your essay spoke to me a bit more than the rest. Its a shame you do not have more support in the comments section. I wish you nothing but the best for any future endeavors you wish to accomplish. I, also, believe with or without the scholarship you will be the successful man you wish to be for yourself and for the any others you wish to assist in your chosen life’s path. God Bless. May you be richly blessed with the scholarship to alleviate some of the financial burdens one takes on when fulfilling one’s educational future!

  • Darius Durham II

    This is the true American story of an inspirational and productive young male in our society. By overcoming these obstacles it clear that Akintoye will be successful in all his endeavors. He is truly deserving of this scholarship to aid him in all of his aspirations.

  • Wunmi Enigbokan

    This story is very inspirational and foresees a successful and bright future for Akintoye. He truly deserves this scholarship.

  • Samantha Anyanwu

    An inspiring story of overcoming circumstances and prevailing through difficult times, this young man is very deserving of this scholarship.

  • Oluchi

    An aspiring story of an individual who has a very promising future. This essay foreshadows the potential greatness that Akintoye can accomplish if given the opportunity and means. He would be a deserving recipient of this scholarship.

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