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Fall 2018 Obama Scholars group
February 19, 2019 / Occidental Magazine

As Occidental welcomes its first Obama Scholars to campus, program administrators and three seasoned seniors forge a sense of community built upon the ideals of the initiative’s namesake.


Sherin Aboobucker (first year), left, and Noa Richard (first year), right, outside of Haines Hall at Occidental College in Los Angeles
September 24, 2018 / The Occidental

Occidental established the Barack Obama Scholars Program September 2018 to honor President Barack Obama’s work and inspire young leaders to engage themselves in pressing social issues.


Army veteran and community college transfer Cameron Peters ’18, an urban and environmental policy major from San Diego, was named the first Obama Scholars Fellow.
January 30, 2018 / Occidental Magazine

As its staunchest advocates will attest, the Barack Obama Scholars Program expands the legacy of the nation’s 44th president, builds the bench for public service and civic engagement, and broadens...

Barack Obama in the Mary Norton Clapp Library at Occidental College
November 14, 2017 / Occidental Magazine

Occidental launches the Barack Obama Scholars Program to honor the president’s legacy, empowering future generations of students dedicated to the public good.

Occidental Magazine | Fall 2017


School of Barack | Occidental Magazine
September 22, 2017 / Occidental Magazine

Prior to 2008, Occidental was best known in many circles as an academic “hidden gem” (and as a popular film location). But the nation’s 44th president put Oxy on the map—just as the College awakened...

Sara El-Amine
September 22, 2017 / Occidental Magazine

Sara El-Amine ’07 joined the Obama campaign at ground zero as a bilingual volunteer in Iowa. Having organized thousands of volunteers as a Washington insider, she’s prepared to be a revolutionary on...

Press Coverage

June 21, 2021 / Humanity in Action

Obama Scholar Noa Richard '22 received a Humanity in Action fellowship in Summer 2020 and has been finishing her follow-up podcast project. Humanity in Action recently wrote an article about it.