The Hundred Year Association recognizes and awards college scholars who have excelled academically and contributed to their communities. Jesam Usani was a recipient of the E.Virgil Conway College Scholarship Award in 2015. Just three years later, she is on her way to becoming a doctor.
Usani reached out recently and thanked the Hundred Year’s scholarship program for the important role it played in helping her reach her goals.
“I was accepted to [St. George’s University School of Medicine]. Thank you so much for being part of my journey… for accepting me to be a recipient of the Hundred Year scholarship, it helped me out a lot during college. You have really impacted a lot of young people’s lives for better.”
Hear what Usani has to say about her future in medicine, how she plans to help others and her superpower:
What has inspired you to continue your path in health and medicine?
My initial fascination with medicine started with having an epileptic sister in addition to having a mother who was a nurse in Nigeria. My mother cared for people beyond the scopes of her job. She went to the aid of so many people in need despite their ability to compensate her.
Growing up around that kind of compassion ignited a love for humanity that I sought to bring to fruition by being a healthcare provider. In recent years, my curiosity for medicine has led me to pursue internships in the medical field to work alongside doctors. Seeing their journey with their patients from sickness to well-being has continued to keep that fire ignited in me.
Will you be specializing in a specific field in medicine?
I plan on specializing in neurology. My sister’s condition initiated my interest in neurology and the more I explored the field, the more interested and fascinated I became with it. Since then I have had neurology oriented internships that have solidified my interest to pursue the field.
Instead of the typical, “where do you see yourself in five years” question – How would you describe this milestone in your life five years from now?
Five years from now when I look at this point in my life, I have no doubt that I would be grateful. It is such a great opportunity to be accepted to study medicine. So far it has been the hardest thing that I have had to do career-wise. Five years from now I know I am going to be very appreciative of this time in my life, one that made me a better and more resilient person.
How do you think it would have framed your next steps?
Just as my mother gave back to the community that we lived in. I am a strong believer in giving back to people who are less fortunate. My favorite quote is, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Becoming a physician will allow me to go to remote areas of the world and provide health care to people otherwise overlooked.
I believe my sister’s condition would not have been as severe as it is currently if there were an availability of specialized physicians willing to work in underserved communities. As a future physician, I aspire to be the kind of doctor that prioritizes a patient’s well-being regardless of the ability to pay.
How would you have grown from the experience?
I would definitely be more knowledgeable about the human body, disease and what course of treatment to take. Today I had my white coat ceremony, the common theme among the speakers was their emphasis on the fact that we, as medical students are beginning a journey that at the end, would allow actual human lives to be entrusted to us. In that moment I realized at the end of my medical education I would grow tremendously because of my responsibility to care of patients.
What is one word you would use to describe yourself now and one word you would use to describe the end of your journey?
Currently, I would describe myself as expectant. I am eager to see where my graduate school education takes me. From the age of 12, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. This is the first stage of my medical career and it is very exciting. At the end of my career, I believe I would describe myself as fulfilled because I would have completed a very rigorous program.
Outside of school and work what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy being outdoors. I really love running, it is a great stress reliever and I love hiking.
What is your natural superpower?
I would say my natural superpower is my friendliness. I have been fortunate enough to be able to make friends with anyone I meet. I have been told that people find my smile welcoming.
How do you think your superpower will help others?
I believe my natural superpower is perfect for the career path I am pursuing. My entire career is going to revolve around meeting and caring for people. My ability to make them feel welcomed and comfortable in times of crisis is going to be essential.
Usani is set to graduate from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2022.
To read more about the E.Virgil Conway College Scholarship Award program click here.
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 E.Virgil Conway College Scholarship and Isaac Liberman Public Service Award applications are now open.
Each year the Hundred Year Association and the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) partner together to award career city civil service employees who have gone beyond their job description to serve the City of New York. We also award college scholarships to the children of career city employees who have demonstrated a commitment to their academic careers and community.
The Isaac Liberman Public Service and E. Virgil Conway College Scholarship Awards programs together have distributed over $1.5 million in awards since their start. Remember to get your application in by May 26th to be considered for these prestigious awards.
Deadline for Applications: Friday, May 26, 2017
E.Virgil Conway College Scholarship Awards Application
Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards Application
Print and sign the completed application and mail to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, along with your essay and supporting documentation. Only nominations submitted by mail will be accepted for the College Scholar Awards.
2017 Essay Topic: Based on your parent’s experience as a public servant, describe the most significant thing you have learned about yourself and the value of public service. (Essays should not exceed one typewritten page.)
The Hundred Year would like to congratulate our member E-J Electric Installation Co. for receiving the Public Service Award from Governor Cuomo and MTA Chairman & CEO Tom Prendergast for their work in the construction of NYC’s new Second Avenue Subway.
Since 1899 the E-J Electric has worked to become a leader in their industry. With the addition of the new subway line, they have helped to complete yet another milestone project for the City of New York.
Check out this video of an E-J team member talking to FOX 5 News about the project at the opening celebration!
Brooks Brothers: “Makers and Merchants in One”
Hundred Year member and leader in classic menswear celebrates its 198th anniversary.
On April 7, 1818, at the age of 45, Henry Sands Brooks opens H. & D.H. Brooks & Co. on the Northeast corner of Catherine and Cherry Streets in New York City.
Being the oldest clothing retailer in the country came with many obstacles. In business and in clothing Brooks Brothers has continued to put quality and care first. It is why today we celebrate this tremendous milestone.
Join us in honoring Brooks Brothers, an American icon of timeless style.
We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2016 E. Virgil Conway College Scholar Awards. To submit your college scholarship award application, please visit the DCAS site.
Each year the Hundred Year Association and the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) partner together to acknowledge exceptional college students who have demonstrated a commitment to their academic careers and community with an award. The E. Virgil Conway College Scholar and Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards programs together have distributed over $1.5 million in awards since their start. Remember to get your application in by June 10th to be considered for these prestigious awards.
Print and sign the completed application and mail to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, along with your essay and supporting documentation.
2016 Essay Topic: Discuss how your parent’s experience as a public servant shaped your future goals (Your essay should not exceed one typewritten page.)
Only nominations submitted by mail will be accepted for the College Scholar Awards.
Children of city employees who are current college students and high school seniors starting their college career in the fall 2016 may apply.
Missed the big event? Get a look at the night’s festivities here!
CONWAY–E. Virgil, of Bronxville, NY on October 21, 2015. Beloved husband of Elaine, loving father of Allison Worthington, Sarah Conway, William Gay and John Gay, devoted grandfather of five. Mr. Conway served as Chairman of the MTA from 1995 to 2001. He also served as Chairman and CEO of The Seaman’s Bank for Savings from 1968-1988. At the time of his death he was on the Board of Urstadt Biddle Properties and was on the Board of the New York State Thruway Authority. He spent over 50 years of his life serving the public in many facets, including Chairman of the New York Housing Partnership, Trustee of Colgate and Pace Universities, Elder of The Reformed Church of Bronxville and was a Honorary Board Member of the Hundred Year Association .
Mr. Conway was a driving force behind the Association’s college scholarship program and are named after him. Today, both the College Scholar Awards and the Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards have given close to $2 million to deserving scholars and outstanding New York City career employees. Mr. Conway was a true New Yorker, dedicated to community service and the preservation of New York City history.
Mr. Conway was also committed to Montauk and its famous lighthouse, where he was born and raised and spent summers in his vacation home. Calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, Bronxville between the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
A memorial service will be held at The Reformed Church of Bronxville on Thursday, October 29 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either a) the Montauk Community Church, P.O. Box 698, Montauk, NY 11954 or b) Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346.
The Hundred Year Association would like to thank all those who supported this year’s Gold Medal Award Dinner. Here are a few highlights from the event:
Jaros, Baum & Bolles has been helping to build the great city we know today since 1915. Here are a few of the top projects JB&B is lending their expertise to:
The Whitney, in its new location in the Meatpacking District, introduces more New Yorkers to a bigger and better cultural destination. The $720 million project includes state-of-the-art facilitates for enhanced education and performing arts programs. The 9-floor, 200,000 square foot building offers a more extensive collection of modern art with spaces designed to better connect the viewer to the art.
After almost two decades of planning the construction of the Moynihan Station is near the end of its first phase. The project will transform the James A. Farley Post Office on 31st Street and 8th Avenue into the city’s next transportation hub.
The project, which broke ground in 2010, is set to complete its first phase of construction in the fall of 2016, with a proposed $1 billion budget to improve the city’s infrastructure and make the commute for over 9.5 million annual riders a little smoother.
3) Hudson Yards
The new neighborhood, Hudson Yards, will bring office space, residential buildings and retail opportunities closer to the Far West Side. The site, which is currently being constructed along Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues, will sit on top of the Hudson Rail Yards.
The neighborhood is also the site of the 7 Line subway expansion, which will make access to developing communities on the Far West Side easier. Hudson Yards is set to be completed in 2018.
The revitalization of Lower Manhattan is largely attributed to the reconstruction of the World Trade Center. The site, which holds tremendous meaning for all New Yorkers, is home to a new wave of businesses.
JB&B’s work on WTC One, 2, 3, 4 & 7 as well as on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, helped to reclaim the district and redefined what it means to be a New Yorker.
Safety is what keeps our city running. The city’s second emergency communications dispatch center, located in the Bronx, is meant to provide support to NYC’s bravest in the event of a natural disaster or large-scale emergency. The joint operation, led by the NYPD, FDNY, and NYCDOITT, provides a centralized location for emergency response throughout the entire city. The blast-resistant building was designed as a perfect square with minimal windows for security.
Honor the innovation and creative minds that keep NYC moving forward. Join us on October 23rd as we celebrate JB&B’s work and dedication to the City of New York.