Kangume Receives Wor-Wic Faculty Honors Scholarship
May 06, 2009

Martha Kangume of Salisbury, a culinary arts student at Wor-Wic Community College, is this year’s $500 faculty honors scholarship winner.

Selection is based on scholastic achievement and an essay competition judged by the honors program committee at Wor-Wic. Applicants were required to write a 500-word research-based argumentative essay that addressed the significance the 2008 presidential election had on college students and the nation. Kangume’s award-winning essay was called “A Roving Mind: Reflections on the Broker of History.”

Originally from Uganda, Kangume left behind family and the politically-corrupt country to come to the U.S. in search of a safer place to obtain an education. At Wor-Wic, Kangume said she has developed her love of cooking and discovered a knack for writing.

“Writing is my only channel. It’s just me and the paper. I think it has given my self esteem a huge boost,” Kangume said. “[Writing] is a very fulfilling experience. I’ve gone from a level of ‘I’m going to let this out’ to a level of ‘I’m really good at this.’”

With carefully chosen words and concern in her eye, Kangume is able to talk about the struggles her family experienced in Uganda. However, she does not allow the hardship from her past to weigh her down. Instead, she finds inspiration and motivation from them. Her memories, combined with her conviction, give her the strength and determination to forge ahead to new opportunities.

“The way doors open in your life is totally amazing. Because of the honors program, I’m now considering transferring to a four-year college,” Kangume said. “If I’m good enough to be in the honors program, I’m good enough to keep going.”

Kangume is also encouraged by the example she is setting for her daughter. Each day, her daughter watches her go to school and put forth the effort. She wants her daughter to believe that “if my mom can do it, then I can too.”

With plans to transfer to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore next spring, Kangume wants to work toward a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. Although her primary interest is cooking, she is also interested in studying literature.