Ahmad Akim Hart (1981-1998) was born in Aurora, Illinois. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and his doctors predicted a life expectancy of two years.
His mother, Aurora Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns, dedicated her life to caring for her son at home. Through her love and devotion, Ahmad learned how to communicate with a computer and cue cards.
Ahmad attended Keeler, Goodwin and Hope Wall Schools. At the time of his passing at the age of seventeen, his family and friends created a scholarship fund to honor his life.
The fund, which was created in 1998, became an endowment in 2008.
The fund also memorializes Ahmad Akim’s brother Malik. Malik Hart (1973-2022) lived a fulfilled life of sharing his gifts with the world. He had been all over the world singing, writing and producing music and plays, acting in plays, supporting cast in plays. His talents helped him to sing with some of gospels top artist and house music. His House Music albums are still selling all over the world and available on streaming platforms.