Edward Bellamy is one of two inaugural recipients of the NIA Scholar Award. He has received his Associates of Arts degree in Human Services from Nassau Community College where he graduated with honars, in addition to getting inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He was honored as the recipient of the Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work Department’s Academic Excellence Award during the Annual Presidential Awards Ceremony for 2012. He is currently in the last semester of completing his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from SUNY Old Westbury. His research interest include: at risk youth, combating recidivism, as well as substance abuse. He has completed 350 educational training clock hour requirements for a CASAC-T. As a member of NYABPsi, he relishes the opportunity to help empower people of African descent, promote mental health awareness, and participate in events which have a positive impact on the community. He is enthusiastic in his pursuit of a dual Doctorate in Clinical and Forensic Psychology.