GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—He’s in fourth grade and he’s already got $5,000 tucked away for college.
On Friday, May 10, Navid Hasan found out he won the Ford Freedom Award essay contest. The Knapp Charter Academy student was the only finalist from West Michigan, beating out 2,000 other students in grades four through eight for the top prize—a $5,000 college scholarship. Hasan also received a certificate and medal.
Students vying for the Ford Freedom Award were asked to write an essay about an African American they considered a “quiet hero.” Hasan chose to write about Detroit native Ruby Dunson, who took in neglected or unwanted children and raised them as her own.
“A quiet hero does something selflessly, out of the kindness of their hearts without being recognized,” Hasan said. “I chose Ruby Dunson because she did a righteous thing and was not really recognized for it.”