2016

Recipients

The BAPA Scholarship Program was established to recognize outstanding Bosnian-American students who are making a difference in their community while excelling academically. We realize it is today’s youth who will become the next generation of leaders and change agents. While Medina and Merima’s backgrounds, career aspirations, and interests differ, they share the same commitment to service and taking part in creating a strong community.

The Scholarship Committee was very fortunate to receive many strong applications, from students representing over a dozen different states. Selecting only two recipients proved to be challenging due to the students’ high qualifications, but we are grateful for the opportunity to hear so many inspiring stories from some of the most promising young Bosnian-Americans.

Please join us in congratulating Medina and Merima on their accomplishments.

Medina Sehi- Emerson College, Journalism (Freshman)
Medina’s involvement in her communiyt includes volunteering for the New England Friends of Bosnia, taking part in the Bosnian Youth Council, performing traditional Bosnian folk dancing, as well as choreographing for a children’s folkloric dancing troupe.

Merima Tricic- UCLA, Political Science/World Culture/Religious Studies (Senior)
Merima has written for numerous newspapers, interned at the UN petitioning for recognition on the issue of genocide in Darfur and has presented at numerous conferences. She has presented her poetry in Open Mike nights, and the Honors Spoken Word. As a Diversity Peer Leader with AID, Merima has facilitated workshops and faculty-student dinner dialogues on free vs. hate speech.

 

Scholarship Selection Committee

Jasmina Vajzovic graduated from Saint Louis University and moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago Law School. She is currently an Associate at Perkins Coie, LLP practicing commercial litigation. BAPA has allowed her to make some amazing new friends in the Chicago area and nationwide. Jasmina is VP of Strategic Planning of BAPA’s Chicago chaper.

Emina Alic is President of BAPA’s Metro Detroit chapter. Emina currently serves as general counsel for a research and development company where she advises on a range of commercial and business matters.

Tea Sefer‘s passion for social justice and political advocacy was founded while growing up in immigrant and refugee communities in Toronto and Chicago. She has worked on issues affecting a wide range of communities, such as the Bosnian diaspora and the LGBTQ community. She holds a degree in International Studies, focusing on Peace and Conflict Resolution. Tea is currently on the board of the InTransit Empowerment Project and was one of the founding organizers of the first Bosnian Diasporic Conference held in April 2015.

Kanita Lipjankic has worked in higher education for over eight years, with experiences ranging from teaching, academic advising, management and operations, both at the University of Utah and Kaplan College. She graduated form the University of Utah with a degree in Anthropology, International Studies, and German, including a Minor in Psychology. She holds dual Master’s degrees, a Master’s in Languages and Literature from the University of Utah and an MBA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Kanita currently manages Construction Finance at Celtic Bank. She is one of the founders of BAPA and serves as the board chair.