First Literacy Scholars

Since the Scholarship Program was initiated in 1990, First Literacy has awarded over 500 scholarships.

The adult learners that are awarded scholarships come from a wide variety of backgrounds and often face numerous hurdles, but they are united in their desire to improve their lives through the power of education. Many are the first in their families to attend college. Most are heads of households with financial and care-giving responsibilities, and many hold more than one job.

Each scholar has a unique story and a goal they are striving to achieve. We are proud to support these scholars in their journey.

We are proud to announce the 2021 First Literacy Scholars and the programs they’ll be attending!

New Scholars

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Viktorija Barone – Bunker Hill Community College
Diana Georgina Paulino Castillo – Bunker Hill Community College
Kherrina Titiana R.O. Francis – Southern New Hampshire University
Marie Gerty Marius – Bunker Hill Community College
Christian Gonzalez – North Shore Community College
Maria Gorete Veader – Bunker Hill Community College
Doris Gutierrez – North Shore Community College
Ephraim Jean – Bunker Hill Community College
Khadija Koutani – Bunker Hill Community College
Qiaomin Li – Bunker Hill Community College
Bushrah Namirimu – Mount Wachusett Community College
Mark Ralto – Bunker Hill Community College
Valentina Ramos – Bunker Hill Community College
Maria Celia Sarmiento – Bunker Hill Community College
Hanae Zaidi – Bunker Hill Community College

Continuing Scholars

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Jocelyne Alleyne – Roxbury Community College
Brima Bangura – Bunker Hill Community College
Yane Chen – Bunker Hill Community College
Katia De Abreu – Bunker Hill Community College
Julia Dupere – North Shore Community College
Gabriela Garcia – North Shore Community College
Joel Gutierrez – Bunker Hill Community College
Damas Joseph – University of Massachusetts- Boston
Thays Lobo – Bunker Hill Community College
Edith Lorfils – Laboure College
Karen Preciado – Bunker Hill Community College
Lilian Rodrigues – Mount Wachusett Community College
Ariela Santos – Bunker Hill Community College
Yves Verneret – Mount Wachusett Community College

Mayor Thomas Menino Scholarship

The Mayor Thomas Menino Scholarship was created in 2014 to honor Mayor Menino’s commitment to adult literacy education and the potential of all students.

2014 — Angelina Gigante
2015 — Jason Grant
2016 — Moses Kabwe
2017 — Marie Regine Paul
​2018 — Edith Lorfils
2019 — Tatiana Jean Philippe
2020 — Brima Bangaru
2021 — Khadija Koutani

William Berman Scholarship

The William Berman Scholarship recognizes Mr. Berman’s years of dedicated service to First Literacy and his love of learning throughout his life.

2016 — Malquisua Sousa
2017 — Diandra Dawson
2018 — Adriana Echeverria
2019 — Geraldine Calderon
2020 — Lilian Rodriguez
2021 — Bushrah Namirimu

First Literacy Board of Directors’ Scholarship

The First Literacy Board of Directors’ Scholarship in honors Skye Morrison Kramer and her nine years of dedicated service to First Literacy as Executive Director.

2019 — Julia Dupere
2020 — Yane Chen

2020 Scholars

Jocelyne Alleyne
Brima Bangura
Edly Basile
Rosene Benoit Volcy
Yane Chen
Katia De Abreu
Julia Dupere
Adriana Echeverria
Gabriela Garcia
Julio Cesar Grimaldo
Joel Gutierrez
Kernsly Joseph

Marie Joseph
Thays Lobo
Edith Lorfils
Javier Matos
Thi Kim Phung Nguyen
Karen Preciado
Lilian Rodrigues
Ariela Santos
Aurie Judith Serrano
Nicole Simeon
Jennifer Torres
Luis Urbina

2019 Scholars

Jocelyn Alleyne
Judelande Antoine
Stephan Augustin
Geraldine Calderon
Julia Dupere
Adriana Echeverria
Axel Ellis
Gabriela Garcia
Livanny Gonzalez
Marie Joseph

Edith Lorfils
Izabella Marques
Tatiana Jean Philippe
Karen Preciado
Alexandre Santos
Ariela Santos
Oumaima Segmaoui
Vu Tran
Luis Urbina
Yves Verneret

2018 Scholars

Dora Ajanel
Jocelyn Alleyne
Kamala Areesamarn
Dimas Barrera
Priscilla Chan
Sherita Dawson
Diandra Drivas
Adriana Echeverria
Girlene Green
Marie Joseph
Eliene Lima da Silva

Edith Lorfils
Patrick Mbanga
Rasha Habis Obyat
Karen Preciado
Marie Regine Paul
Alexandre Santos
Oumaima Segmaoui
Vu Tran
Jennifer Urrego
Yves Verneret
Junying Zhu