Albert Appouh knows adversity. His Ghanaian immigrant parents divorced when he was 5. He came out as gay in high school and faced taunts. He has grappled with a learning disability and battled mental health issues. He started and stopped college twice. But through it all, the fifth-year Newark College of Arts & Sciences senior has overcome great odds to not only be the first in his family attend college but to stand out while doing it, taking on two majors at Rutgers University-Newark, being part of the Honors College, serving the RU-N and Newark communities with distinction, performing undergraduate research with renowned faculty, and starting a scholarship to pay it forward as gratitude for the numerous awards he himself has won.