San Diego entrepreneur David Malcolm selects Rice University student as 2022 scholarship recipient


Amara Anyanwu of Rice University is the recipient of the 2022 David Malcolm Fellowship.

/EIN News/ — San Diego, Calif., Aug. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — San Diego entrepreneur and philanthropist David Malcolm, sponsor of the David Malcolm Fellowship, is pleased to announce that Amara Anyanwu is the recipient of the 2022 scholarship.

Anyanwu is currently attending Rice University and recently completed her freshman year. She will start her sophomore year this fall semester with a 3.81 GPA.

“I’ve learned that I can overcome whatever life throws at me as long as I have a creative outlet to help me pick up the pieces,” Anyanwu writes in her scholarship essay.

As president of the orchestra, she “found solace” in her love of music and the violin after her father passed away in her freshman year. His escape and healing through songs like Thai meditationwhich she composed for a successful solo competition, led her to found Symphonies for Seniors, a program centered on sharing the gift of music with residents of nursing homes.

Her program was inspired by her father’s experience in a nursing home recovering from a brain injury. A harpist would come to play at the nursing home, and Anyanwu’s father would call her and her mother so they could listen together. Anyanwu reflected on the importance of music to her father during his rehabilitation and became motivated to give other orchestra members the same opportunity to bring joy to nursing home residents by sharing their musical talents.

When the pandemic prevented visitors from entering nursing homes, Anyanwu turned to virtual avenues to continue her program and the uplifting impact it had on members of the public across the world. the screen. She has turned her program into a virtual volunteer opportunity for orchestra students in her school district.

Now entering his second year at Rice University, Anyanwu is a member of the Campanile Orchestra and introduced his Symphonies for Seniors program to his fellow Rice musicians through a collaboration with Rice Music MDs. Next year, she will serve as external vice president of Rice Music MDs.

In addition to these efforts, Anyanwu is a research assistant at the Biobehavioral Mechanisms in Disparities Lab. There, she continues to follow her musical passion by studying the effects of music on the brain health of the elderly.

“There’s something special about the music that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I know it’s something I want to do for the rest of my life,” Anyanwu wrote.

The David Malcolm Scholarship will help provide Anyanwu with financial relief for his academic pursuits, allowing him to pursue his career as a clinical psychologist striving to work with patients with dementia and further his research in music therapy.

“Funding for higher education is an investment in the future of our great country, which is why after receiving a record number of scholarship applications this year, my wife and I are thrilled to have Amara among our two His leadership and passion for his community struck a chord and so clearly emulated the mission of the David Malcolm Scholarship and our greatest philanthropic work,” said Malcolm.

About David Malcolm

David Malcolm is a San Diego-based entrepreneur, real estate expert, and community leader. Having a long and successful career in real estate, he knows the importance of giving back. Among his various philanthropic activities, he is most passionate about helping homeless people get their lives back on track. He and his wife Annie also support two San Diego gyms and other nonprofit charities.

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