Francis Mustapha teaches biology at South Side High School in Fort Wayne. "In the West African village where I was born, no one could read or write," says Mr. Mustapha. "When a school opened in a nearby town and I was sent there," he continues, "it changed my life! Those teachers, though imperfect, opened up the world for me." Reflecting on the course of events that brought him to where he is today, Mr. Mustapha says: "I've been told that the story of my journey from my village to my present activities in DNA research is inspiring. Long after my own success story ends, I hope there will be a continuing trail of equally amazing human success stories achieved through my help, confrontation, encouragement, and advocacy." Mr. Mustapha does not believe that he cares more than other teachers, but that his caring is supplemented by action. One of Mr. Mustapha's dreams, "providing a building for the new school in the village where I was born," will soon be a reality thanks to the Milken Foundation Award.
1972 Indiana Wesleyan University, B.A.