Senior at Oldfields School wins Princeton Prize of Baltimore scholarship

Monday, Mar 19, 2007
by Princeton University

Baltimore, MD — The Princeton Alumni Association of Maryland (PAAMD) is pleased to announce Ms. Maasha Kah of Oldfields School has received the prestigious Princeton Prize of Baltimore scholarship.

Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman will present the Princeton Prize of Baltimore to Ms. Kah on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at 6 p.m. at the InterContiental Harbor Court Hotel.

The Princeton Prize of Baltimore is a $1,000 scholarship created "to promote harmony, understanding and respect among people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities."

Princeton University sent applications to schools and community organizations throughout the greater Baltimore area, asking teachers, counselors and mentors to sponsor 9th-12th grade students they felt best exemplified the goals of the Princeton Prize of Baltimore. PAAMD received applications from a wide spectrum of students, including public and private students from Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties.

Maasha Kah of Glencoe, Md., is a 12th grader at Oldfields School, the state's oldest boarding school for girls located in Glencoe, Md., in upper Baltimore County. After observing significant racial divides at her school her freshman year, Ms. Kah created The Oldfields Coalition for a Respectful Community (OCRC), a student organization that provides a safe space for students of all races to voice and address their concerns about race relations. Through her work with OCRC, Ms. Kah has attended and led diversity conferences, received diversity training, conducts weekly meetings, sponsors film presentations and organized her school's first "Multi-Cultural Week" this year. Ms. Kah is also the president of her school’s Black Awareness Club.

Finalists for the Princeton Prize of Baltimore include five other students who will receive certificates, including Noor Oweis of Ellicott City (Mt. Hebron High School), Aisha Hasan of Clarksville (River Hill High School), Shomari Rose of Baltimore (The Park School of Baltimore), Jonathan McMaster of Hanover (Gilman School) and Vivien Ekey of Reisterstown (Franklin High School).