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United Way Awards 13 Scholarships to Local Students of Low Income Families

Youth overcome adversity to help their communities and pursue degrees
07/27/2011

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United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley awarded 13 scholarships to students of low income families today at a luncheon at Eastern Standard. The recipients have all overcome adversity in their lives and contributed their time to local non-profits while pursuing acceptance to institutions of higher learning.

The 13 students will receive their awards through United Way’s Marian L. Heard Scholarship program. The scholarships are intended to advance the next generation of influencers by promoting youth leadership development through positive adult relationships, education, and community involvement. The scholarship was created as a legacy in honor of Marian L. Heard's service as president and chief executive officer of United Way of Massachusetts Bay, recognizing her contributions to the organization and commitment to fostering leadership in youth. Student eligibility is based on intent to attend a two-year or four-year college for fall 2011 and participation in programming at a United Way agency for at least two years.

"The recipients of this year's Marian L. Heard scholarships have overcome life's hurdles, stepped forward to lead their communities to a better future, and wish to continue to improve their own lives through education. We are proud to assist them in their journey," said Michael Durkin, president of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

Today's award recipients include:

Janelle Batista (Roxbury)

  • High School: Urban Science Academy, Boston
  • Agency: Hyde Square Task Force
  • College Attending: UMASS Dartmouth

Emmanuello Carrenard (Cambridge)

  • High School: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
  • Agency: Cambridge Community Services
  • College Attending: Colby-Sawyer College

Maria Elena Cirino (Boston)

  • High School: Greater Egleston High School, Boston
  • Agency: Sociedad Latina
  • College Attending: Newbury College

Keylin Chicas (East Boston)

  • High School: East Boston High School
  • Agency: East Boston Ecumenical Community Council
  • College Attending: Quincy College

Hadiatou Diallo (Boston)

  • High School: Monument High School
  • Agency: South Boston Neighborhood House
  • College Attending: Quincy College

Kaitlyn Farmer (Lynn)

  • High School: Lynn English High School
  • Agency: RAW Art
  • College Attending: Emmanuel College

Celinna Ho (Boston)

  • High School: Boston Latin School
  • Agency: Asian Community Development Corporation
  • College Attending: Brandeis University

Mei Hua Li (Boston)

  • High School: John D. O'Bryant High School, Boston
  • Agency: Asian Community Development Corporation
  • College Attending: Boston University

Tamara Matama (Newton)

  • High School: Newton North High School
  • Agency: Newton Community Service Center
  • College Attending: Lasell College

Edwin Medina (East Boston)

  • High School: East Boston High School
  • Agency: East Boston Ecumenical Community Council
  • College Attending: Quincy College

Simone Robinson (Lowell)

  • High School: Lowell High School
  • Agency: United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)
  • College Attending: Salem State College

Alex Torres-Mejia (Allston)

  • High School: Another Course to College, Boston
  • Agency: West End House
  • College Attending: UMASS Boston

Neil Whittredge (Lynn)

  • High School: Lynn English High School
  • Agency: Gregg Neighborhood House
  • College Attending: Suffolk University (Madrid Campus)

The Marian L. Heard Scholarship Committee is Diane Exter (CHAIR), Tanya Pramatarova, Carla Legros, Naana Boampong, Tony Downs, Nancy Lippe, Pam Scott, Robbie Catchings, Kathy Plazak, and Annie Chin-Louie.