Cook Leadership Academy Fellows Where Emerging Leaders Prepare to Build Our Future Welcome to the Cook Leadership Academy! Cook Leadership Academy is a leader development program for 60+ undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year.
The program is co-curricular and cross-disciplinary — this year representing 52 different areas of study — and it provides numerous opportunities for student fellows to develop leadership excellence.
Each applicant must meet the criteria of high academic achievement, active involvement in the campus community, dedication to the public good, a passion to lead, and a commitment to personal growth.
Through observation, mentoring, and practice, the fellows learn the behaviors and attitudes of ethical, effective leaders through more than 70 contact hours per fellow per year.
Our fellows gain access to a myriad of opportunities to advance their leadership skills. Fatouma Abdoulaye – Cell and Molecular Biology Fatouma is a senior student who transferred from Washtenaw Community College (WCC) to study cell and molecular biology at Grand Valley University.
She is an international student from Niger and she has been living in the USA for 4 years.
Fatouma’s dream is to eradicate Obstetric Fistula from the world.
Obstetric Fistula is a disease that makes thousands of victims each year.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Fatouma intends to return home and volunteer for several months at the National Hospital of Niger.
She then will go to a medical school where she will first study gynecology and then she will study uro-gynecology.
She was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke undergraduate transfer scholarship, which helped her to enroll at GVSU.
Fatouma spends her free time working at peer help sessions and volunteering at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
She was the president of the international students peer group at WCC.