Rawiah Eisa Mohamed Osman

​California State University, Bakersfield
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Scholar

Growing up, my teachers have always been my mentors; they have been there when I did not have a coat for winter or school supplies.

Rawiah Eisa Mohamed Osman and her family immigrated to the United States to escape mounting conflict in Africa. Despite facing discrimination as an African American Muslim and living with financial hardship, she is now a sophomore majoring in liberal studies at California State University, Bakersfield.

Inspired by a teacher who believed in her ability to succeed, Rawiah is pursuing a teaching credential so she can also make a positive impact on children’s lives. She volunteers at Munsey Elementary School as a teacher’s assistant to help students improve their reading and comprehension skills, and will be guest lecturing at the local community college.

After receiving her credential, Rawiah plans to work for under-resourced schools and educate her students about the importance of learning and persistence, even in the face of challenges.