Karel Pene Njine is this year's YWomen Education Award recipient. Karel was selected with the help of Evanston Scholars, an organization that improves college access and success for first generation or low income students.

Karel, a Cameroonian immigrant and senior at Evanston Township High School, has a passion for racial justice and community building. Karel’s English teacher praises her “original thinking and sharply analytical mind." In addition to her academic achievements, Karel is a member of the Intersectional Feminist Club, the Black Summit Leadership Board, and the Emerge Leadership Committee.

Our mission to empower women starts with empowering girls to achieve their goals. The YWomen Education Award provides young women with a $1,000 scholarship to pursue their education and develop their leadership skills.