TO:          BRTA Board

FROM:     Scholarship Committee

RE:          2023 BRTA Scholarship Award winners


It is with great pleasure that the Scholarship Committee has chosen 3 candidates to receive the 2023 BRTA Scholarships.  One of these scholarships is in honor of Josephine Slacer, chosen because the candidate is not only academically successful but demonstrated her commitment to community service and school service.


There were 12 eligible scholarship applications received for this year’s scholarship awards.  The applicants came from

     5 from City Honors

     2 from Culinary Arts & Hotel Management

     1 from Bennett HS

     1 from Emerson School of Hospitality

     1 from Hutch Tech

     1 from Lafayette International School

     1 from Frederick Law Olmsted


The awardees selected for the scholarships are:


Haya Elamir is a graduate from City Honors School where her GPA was 102.9. She graduated with a NYS Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors. Also, she is a National Merit Commended Student, Ap Scholar with Distinction, and an IB Diploma recipient.  Haya’s interests are biology and writing and STEM research.  She has written 4 publications and has participated in an archeological dig. Haya has many more achievements which impressed the committee.


Eman Salem graduated from Frederick Law Olmsted where she participated in Model UN, a Yellow Tulip Ambassador for mental health awareness, Upstate NY Transplant Services and Chess Club.  She was on the honor roll for 4 years and was a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honors Society.   Her goal in life is to improve the quality of life for others by becoming a Speech Language Pathologist.


Alyssa Wafford graduated from Hutch Tech and was awarded the BRTA scholarship in honor of Josephine Slacer.  Alyssa participated in JROTC and demonstrated her community awareness through her various community activities.  She is a member of the Girl Scouts, Black Student U  nion, Buffalo Urban League, School Council, the National Technical Honor Society and the Young Philanthropist. Her goal is to receive a BS in Computer Science and enter the field of Cyber Security. Eventually she hopes to work with the FBI.


The committee is proud to offer these names to the Buffalo Retired Teacher Association as the 2023 BRTA Scholarship recipients.


Scholarships Winners 2023