At Grungo Colarulo our firm believes in the importance of both giving back to the community and leading by example. By combining these two important attributes our firm created the Giving Back to the Community Scholarship which seeks to award $500 to one student who has displayed personal leadership within the local community. For more on the selection criteria or information on how to apply visit our scholarship page.

2017 Winner: Albert Appouh

2017 Grungo Colarulo Giving Back to the Community Scholarship Award Winner Albert AppouhOur 2017 winner is Columbia University student Albert Appouh who managed to overcome adversity through his volunteer work and leadership in the community. Albert was born into a disadvantaged family of Ghanaian immigrants in Newark, NJ who divorced when he was five years old. However, despite these early challenges and his own mental disabilities, Albert found a release through his studies and through volunteer work in the community.

While at Columbia University, Albert has been able to maintain excellent grades through the course of his studies and while also becoming a student leader for various organizations throughout the campus and the local community.

In his own words:

“I realize that success does not become a reality without determination, hard work, and the ability to work with others, and I have applied this philosophy not just to my coursework, but also to how I live within my local community and now, gratefully, how I am seeking a path to my vocation as a leader. I seek to be a role model for underrepresented minorities. No matter my role, I am committed to showing others that their background, medical history, or social status has no effect on what they will be able to accomplish by applying hard work, determination, and by staying goal-oriented towards a brighter future.”