Olamide Boluwatife Fagbamiye is a sociology major from Douglasville, Ga who, in his senior year, served as a student trustee on the College’s Board of Trustees. During his time at Morehouse, he has participated and held roles in the Student Government Association, Student Ambassador Team, African Student Association, Undergraduate Health Science Academy, Morehouse School of Medicine Student Health Disparity Research Training Program, Emma and Joe Adams Scholarship Program, Strong Start Reading Program, What (S)He Said., and Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He has also been recognized as The Maroon Tiger Man of the year - The Future (2019) and The New Guard (2020); Student Services Emerging Leader Award; Emma and Joe Adams Senior Scholar of the Year; distinguished honorary member for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars; member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; and maintained academic status on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll.
After graduation, he will be attending Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in pursuit of a Master’s in Public Health, after which he aspires to be a healthcare manager/administrator who creates a more equitable, affordable, and trustworthy experience for Black people through the healthcare field.
When reflecting on his journey to and through Morehouse, Olamide says, “Getting to college was a challenge because while in high school it felt as if I was on my own when it came to college applications and resources for scholarships. I was fortunate enough to have a decent support system through my family and my school counselor. However, I still had struggles in finding out how to pay for school specifically Morehouse. I had to believe in a promise from God that he would take care of me and 4 years later he has kept that promise true. Due to generous scholarships and other awards, I have received based on my merit and hard work in and outside of the classroom, I have been able to overcome all financial struggles while being here at Morehouse. This institution has helped me grow in a way where I am now fully confident in who I am and, in my ability, to be whoever or whatever I want to be in this world. Attending Morehouse College has been one of the best decisions I have made for my life, and I am forever indebted to this institution for the time and care they put into me.
Olamide says the Morehouse experience represents “a distinct transformation that exposes every individual that comes to this institution to be better not only for themselves but for their communities and the world at large. Everyone at Morehouse develops into their true purpose – some later than others – but nonetheless, we all develop to want to change the world for the betterment of everyone and I believe that is what makes the experience so special. My time at the institution was fulfilling due to all the connections I was able to make and all the friends now family members I was able to add. I think the beauty of my time at Morehouse is that I was able to be impact others because others impacted me.”