Emeka Ekwelum ’02

Age 10: Emeka Ekwelum applies to Steppingstone from the Mission Grammar School in Roxbury. In his application, he includes an essay about his older brother Chuks, his role model and a Steppingstone Scholar.

Age 11: Emeka begins fourteen months of rigorous preparation with The Steppingstone Academy.

Age 12: After working with his Steppingstone Advisor to apply to independent schools in the area, Emeka joins his brother at Belmont Hill School. He goes on to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship, a community service award, a multicultural achievement award, and the Margaret V. Lawless Memorial Prize for sensitivity to others and concern for the quality of the
school community.

“I saw hundreds of Scholars rising above adversity, doing extra homework, spending their summers taking classes, and working hard in school every single day to get the best education they could so they could someday go to college. I thank Steppingstone for believing in us and giving us the opportunity for a great education and future.”  – Emeka Ekwelum

Emeka Graduation_home-teasersAge 18: Emeka attends Columbia University where he serves as a peer facilitator with the Men’s Peer Education Program and is the senior chair of the school’s black students organization. Emeka also works with Columbia’s University Office of Multicultural Affairs. He comes back to Boston one summer to work as a teaching intern at The Steppingstone Academy.

Age 24: Emeka returns to Belmont Hill, where he works as an English and African-American studies teacher, admissions associate, and community and diversity associate. Through these positions, Emeka has the opportunity to work directly with students, assist in the development of admission programming on campus, and co-advise the middle school and upper school diversity groups.

Posted 1/13/2015