Tumaini (Titi) Mporampora, a senior at Overland High School, received a 2012 Never Forgotten Fund scholarship in honor of Columbine student Kyle Velasquez, during a presentation at Overland on April 23.
Thirteen $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually in honor of the twelve students and one teacher who were killed in the 1999 Columbine tragedy. Recipients are selected on the basis of volunteerism and leadership within their school and community. The scholarships are presented by the Never Forgotten Fund, Denver’s Newsradio 850 KOA and its parent company, Clear Channel Communications.
Mporampora is a member of Overland High School’s Student Government and Black Women’s Leadership Group. A student-athlete, Mporampora plays on the OHS lacrosse team, is a member of the swim team, and a member of the state champions poms team. She plans to study Business Administration at Florida A&M University or Howard University, then go on to law school.
Mporampora was nominated for the award by OHS counselor Alli Pineda who wrote, “Over the years I’ve watched this natural leader speak to audiences and heard the mumblings of incoming students who don’t know her speak to “how cool” she is and how they want to be like her. Her strong leadership skills as an African American woman resonate. Overland truly would not be the place it is without her contributions by the very fact that she is authentically herself and an eminent and integral part of what we strive to bring students.”
Overland High School had one or more Never Forgotten Fund scholarship recipients every year in the first decade after the scholarship was established. They are:
2000 Rodney McKinney (teacher)
2001 Melissa Walter (student)
2002 Ellen Reynolds (student)
2003 Daniel Nelson-Kangas (student)
2004 Yuliya Kaganskaya (student)
2005 Eliza Hamrick (teacher), Jennifer Wallace (student)
2006 Philana Benton (student)
2007 Robert Matuschek (teacher), Meseret Hailu (student)
2008 Shari Vanhaselen (teacher), Cathy Lam (student)
2009 Luke Niforatos (student)