2019 HOPE Giving Circle Recipient: Oyinkansola "Sol" Akinola

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This fall Oyinkansola "Sol" Akinola is entering her second year at Harper College. Sol is studying Fashion Merchandising and she maintains a near perfect GPA of 3.88. Upon graduation in spring of 2020, Sol hopes to transfer to fashion school in New York. 
 
Sol has a particular interest in sustainability in the fashion industry and states “I desire to make a positive difference in the exploitation of marginalized communities when it comes to the production and distribution of garments. I am determined to cultivate my own ethical and sustainable channel of production, focusing on the betterment of women of color.”

 "I am determined to cultivate my own ethical and sustainable channel of production, focusing on the betterment of women of color.” 

- Oyinkansola "Sol" Akinola

 
Sol’s community service and involvement have helped to shape her. She volunteers as a mentor and counselor at Inner City Arts in Chicago, was a speaker at Yale University’s Annual Black Solidarity Conference in Connecticut and organized buses for students to attend the first Women’s March in Washington, D.C. in 2017. She also works 25-30 hours a week. 
 
During the spring semester 2019 Sol studied abroad at the American Business School of Paris. In her scholarship essay she states, “This semester broadened my vocabulary and knowledge of the industry, and helped me pinpoint several meaningful potential career paths.”

Thank You

Thank you for being a part of the movement to support Harper students as they realize their dreams. Learn more about scholarships at Harper College at the Harper College Educational Foundation website