Queen with a Purple Heart

Former Miss AUN Vivian Amah Honored for Impacting Kids in Neighborhood Schools


Faculty Advisor Dr. Agatha Ukata (l); Vivian Amah (2nd right) with beneficiaries and parents of PACIS scholarshipFaculty Advisor Dr. Agatha Ukata (l); Vivian Amah (2nd right) with beneficiaries and parents of PACIS scholarshipEntrepreneurship and Management major Vivian Amah emerged as the 2016 Miss AUN in a keenly-fought competition.  It turns out she’s a beauty queen with a big heart, devoting her energies and resources in caring for underprivileged out-of-school kids in the neighborhood.

In April 2016, Ms. Amah was awarded the Stallion Service Award and the Dean of Students Award of Merit for Outstanding Contributions for founding a nongovernmental organization: Put a Child in School Foundation (PACIS). Founding and managing PACIS was her response to the increasing rate of high school dropouts in Adamawa and in the Northeast region.

Having been inspired to give back to community and country, “I realized the need for quick intervention,” the ex-queen narrated.  AUN exposed her to various community service projects through active participation in community development (CDV) classes and residence hall projects, from which she learned the importance of service.
PACIS volunteers, scholarship beneficiaries and teachers come together PACIS volunteers, scholarship beneficiaries and teachers come together

Assisted by a group of student-volunteers, Ms. Amah carried out various community service outings in local public primary schools, taught lessons, and at the end of the term, conducted the PACIS scholarship selection exam.

PACIS awarded scholarships in September 2016 to the three best performers in a selection test and transferred them from a public school in Rumde Jabbi to a private school, Adroit International Academy.

“I am unable to describe how I truly feel.  It has been amazing throughout, filled with sweet memories that would linger for a lifetime” , she said of her reign as the queen, albeit one with a purple heart.

 

By Nelly Ating

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