ICYMI: Brown University Awards Funds to 20 Providence High School Seniors

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District News Report – April-May 2014 Issue

Graduating seniors from nine Providence public high schools have been awarded scholarships from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence, a Brown University endowment to support scholarships for Providence public high school graduates accepted to accredited two- or four-year higher-education institutions.

Twenty one-time scholarships of $2,500 have been awarded for the students’ 2014-2015 academic year. Students were selected based on academic merit and financial need, with a preference for students who will be the first member of their family to attend college. Students were required to write four short essays to support their application. A broad-based committee made up of representatives from the Providence Public School Department, Brown University and local non-profit organizations selected this year’s scholarship winners.

Among the scholarship recipients was Maria Ogundolani, salutatorian of her class at Mt. Pleasant High School. Ogundolani, who will attend Sacred Heart University in the fall, served as captain of her high school volleyball, indoor track and outdoor track teams, a National Honors Society inductee and a member of the Principal’s Advisory. Her parents never attended college.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me. News of winning this scholarship was an amazing moment for my family and I,” said Ogundolani. “In college, I plan on studying to become a lawyer or a pharmacist – I’m undecided right now, but I’m really looking forward to my future.”

In her remarks to the scholars, their families and other guests at a June 4 scholarship award reception, Brown University President Christina Paxson said, “I am delighted that Brown University is able to support these aspiring young scholars as they go on to college. They have applied themselves, sometimes under the most difficult of circumstances, to thrive and succeed in the classroom and in their lives. They offer powerful testimonials about the enduring value of education in expanding minds, ideas and opportunities.”

“The Brown University funds these talented graduates received will help support their new and exciting education careers beyond our city’s classrooms,” said Providence Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi. “We want all Providence children to succeed from cradle to career, and we’re thrilled to see these twenty students moving closer to that goal.”

The Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence is one of a series of major commitments announced by Brown University in the spring of 2007 to improve education in the Providence public schools, inspired in part by the report of the University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. Overseen by a committee of the Brown Corporation, the Fund is a permanent endowment which the University has committed to raising in the amount of $10 million. Proceeds from the Fund are now allocated to support an initiative that provides scholarships for Providence public high school graduates.  Through this development, the University hopes to encourage academic achievement and access to post-secondary education.

The 20 Providence high school graduates awarded scholarships include:

Hennjer Alcantara (Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex / University of Rhode Island)

Daniella Angervil (Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School / University of Rhode Island)

Danilson Castro (Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex / University of Rhode Island)

Alejandro Claudio (Central High School / Brown University)

Diamond Dias (E-Cubed Academy / University of Rhode Island)

Aby Diedhiou (Times2 STEM Academy / Cazenovia College)

Elijah Faris (Hope High School / Rhode Island School of Design)

Haiker Feliz (Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School / Community College of Rhode Island)

Vanio Goncalves Dos Santos (Hope High School / Brandeis University)

Arianna Miche (Providence Career and Technical Academy / University of Rhode Island)

Aalyssa Moore (Academy for Career Exploration / Rhode Island College)

Jennifer Moreta (Providence Career and Technical Academy / Rhode Island College)

Maria Ogundolani (Mt. Pleasant High School / Sacred Heart University)

Amber Pettaway (Academy for Career Exploration / Eastern Michigan University)

Manuel Pineda (Central High School / Brandeis University)

Tulisa Reeves (Hope High School / Guilford College)

Jamilex Rodriguez (E-Cubed Academy / Rhode Island College)

Jessica Vaniester (E-Cubed Academy / University of Rhode Island)

Cyrus Wiefue (Mt. Pleasant High School / University of Rhode Island)

Ming You (E-Cubed Academy / Rhode Island College)