Three Scholar Alumnae Elected to Associate Board; Katharine Janes, JIF ’12 and Aditi Adhikari, JIF ’14 Named Co-Chairs


The Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to broadening the college aspirations of talented female high school students from the Midwest, today announced the election of Jasmine Bacchus, JIF ‘16 of Boston, MA, Majidah Halaweh, JIF ‘14 of New Orleans, LA and Amber Heard, JIF ‘14 of Provo, UT  to its Associate Board of Directors. The Associate Board of Directors was created in 2020 and works in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Leadership Team to raise awareness and support for the work and mission of the Foundation. The Associate Board consists of former Summer Scholar alumnae who are instrumental in engaging with volunteers, driving signature programming forward, and connecting with a younger generation of supporters. Katharine Janes, JIF ‘12 and Aditi Adhikari, JIF ‘14, members of the inaugural set of Associate Board members, were also named Co-Chairs of the Associate Board. 

“We are delighted to continue to expand the Associate Board with the addition of Jasmine, Majidah and Amber,” said Brittany Knight, Executive Director of the Joyce Ivy Foundation. “The Associate Board allows us to stay true to our mission in two distinct ways – by creating a wider volunteer base to support our next generation of future Scholars and by continuing to support the leadership development of Scholar alumnae through Board service.”  

Jasmine Bacchus received a Joyce Ivy Foundation Scholarship in 2016 to attend Summer@Brown and served as a Joyce Ivy Foundation Fellow in 2017. Jasmine graduated from Brown University in 2021 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and in 2022, she obtained her masters degree in Social Science of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute. She currently resides in Boston, MA where she spends her time working at the intersection of fashion, technology, and law.

Majida Halaweh grew up in Northern Michigan with a loving family and many pets. As a 2014 Joyce Ivy Scholar, she studied the philosophy of physics and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. She went on to matriculate at Princeton University where she studied History. After graduating, Majida became a Venture for America fellow. She has worked on numerous start-ups in operational, strategy and product capacities – seeking to scale organizations in ways that center empathy and strategic thinking. She is excited to utilize these experiences to help continue to make the Joyce Ivy Foundation a great organization. 

Amber Heard began her involvement with the Joyce Ivy Foundation as a 2014 Summer Scholar at the Harvard Secondary School Program. Since then, she has been involved in various roles including Circle Lead, Fellow, and currently, as a member of the Associate Board. In her professional life, Amber is a Systems Administrator at Qualtrics. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2019 with dual degrees in Business Administration and Psychology. Amber is excited for the opportunity to continue to promote Joyce’s Ivy mission to advance the academic and leadership capabilities of young women.

With the addition of Ms. Bacchus, Ms. Halaweh and Ms. Heard, the Joyce Ivy Foundation Associate Board of Directors totals ten members: Aditi Adhikari, JIF ‘14 of New York, NY; Katharine Janes, JIF ‘12 of New York, NY; Ashley Lane, JIF ‘16 of Otsego, MI; Abril Rangel-Pacheco, JIF ‘13 of Omaha, NE; Emma Taylor Philip, JIF ‘16 of New York, NY; Abby Waugh, JIF ‘15 of New Haven, CT; and Michelle Zabat, JIF ‘13 of New York, NY.

About The Joyce Ivy Foundation

The Joyce Ivy Foundation seeks to provide exposure, encouragement, and financial assistance to young women who have the academic, intellectual, and leadership potential to attend the nation’s most selective institutions of higher education. Funding for the Joyce Ivy Foundation is provided by individuals, other foundations, and corporations. Since its founding in 2006, the Foundation has named 1020 students from Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Dakota as Joyce Ivy Scholars, providing scholarships for them to attend summer educational programs at partner college summer programs, and providing or leveraging $5.7 million in scholarship funding. For more information, please visit or contact the Joyce Ivy Foundation at or (734) 661-0229.