At last report, Maya was a senior at George Washington University, and an active member of the APO service fraternity and the pre-law fraternity, PAD. She interned at the Washington, D.C. International Film Festival and their sister event, Arabian Sights Film Festival, and was a founding member of "Trick or Treat for Service", the organizer of an annual charitable event, and was the group's president. She also worked at the George Washington University Lerner Health and Wellness Center, where she was promoted to Assistant Manager while maintaining a 3.5 GPA.
Maya is our first grantee from New York. She is the daughter of a single mother, and attended the prestigious Bronx School of Science. While there, Maya took many honors and AP courses yet maintained a stellar grade point average. Maya was also involved in multiple activities. Despite her deafness, she has extensively been involved with children. For example, she was a counselor at the 92nd street YMHA Camp Yomi program. She also has a particular interest in art, and thus has been very involved in that field, including studying film production. Her letters of recommendation waxed eloquently about her. Comments such as "...in the top ten percent of students whom I have instructed..." and "she is an inspiration" abound.