More than 700 students attended the Feb. 2 celebration hosted by Usmania Fine Dining, at an event where several were awarded a scholarship as well as other items like laptops, tablets, and smartwatches.
A press release from organizers said it was a celebratory evening filled with enthusiastic youth, music, food and a message of empowering students through educational scholarship in an effort by the restaurant to give back to the community.
The Usmania Youth Tuition Scholarship Event was held at the Meadows Club and was organized, managed and marketed by Admark Digital, a Chicago-based marketing advertising agency, the press release said.
“Usmania Restaurant purpose for this event was to encourage students to continue their education and play their part to support students achieving their dreams,” organizers said.
The tuition grants were in the form of two scholarships of $2,500 each, and were won by Marryann Warda and Fariha Junagadhwala. Other prizes included 4 laptops, 10 tablets and 15 smartwatches which were all drawn in a raffle.
The master of the ceremonies was Javeria Sheeraz. The program included an interactive panel discussion on the importance of education which included Chief Medical Officer of Rush Hospital Dr. Omar Lateef, and Dilara Sayeed an educator. Bushra Amiwala, the Youth Icon for Usmania in this event, led the discussion. Bushra’s popularity as a Youth Icon in the South Asian fraternity precedes her decision to run for the office of the Cook County Board of Commissioners at the age of 19, the press release said.
The raffle round dominated the second half of the program. Students’ names were drawn from a bunch, and the lucky ones received the items earlier mentioned. They were awarded to winners by Dr. Omar Lateef, Dilara Sayeed, and Syed Hussaini.
The program concluded witha performance by Humza Abbasi, a local student who performed Bollywood and Pakistani songs, adding to the enjoyment of the youthful crowd, organizers said.