Carroll University senior named ‘Young Woman of Tomorrow’
Senior Emina Halilovic has a passion for helping others and initiating change and this May she will be recognized for her work in the Waukesha community and in her home country of Bosnia. Emina is one of two recipients who received the 2017 Young Woman of Tomorrow Award from the Women & Girls Fund of Waukesha County.
The award is given to exceptional high school or college students whose efforts have improved the quality of life in the community. This year’s winners will be celebrated at a luncheon on May 2 along with winners of the Women of Distinction Award.
"I want to thank the Women & Girls Fund of Waukesha County and Carroll University for all of the opportunities I have been given to help others in our community and around the world," said Halilovic.
In 2002, at the age of eight, Emina arrived in Waukesha with her family as refugees from the war in Bosnia unable to speak or understand English. Since then, Emina has worked hard with a goal to become a pediatrician – a dream she had long before leaving Bosnia.
To achieve that dream she has volunteered at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin completing over 3,000 service hours working in different areas including the NICU, burn program, and respiratory and cardiac clinic providing care and comfort to families when they need it most. She will also soon begin a role with the Medical College of Wisconsin to help with research.
Additionally, Emina oversees the office operations and student staff at the information desk in Carroll’s Student Involvement Center and also serves as a Student Alumni Ambassador.
Most notably, in 2015 Emina started ‘Walking in Their Shoes', a fundraising walk at Carroll to support children in Bosnia and spread awareness of education inequality throughout Waukesha County. She has engaged students, employees and community members in this cause and last year raised $2,300 which helps provide meals and transportation to school for eight children in Kamenica, Bosnia. This summer she will return to Bosnia to implement a tutoring program she created that will connect students with the families and children she has helped.
Emina is a great example of how a young person can take the initiative to make their dreams a reality. She has used her imagination to create programs and events that positively affect Waukesha and the world all while working to the highest standards in school. And, most importantly she is committed to giving back to the community that has given her so much.
She shares, "I want to be the change and initiate something that will make all children’s lives better."