First Literacy Scholars
Since the Scholarship Program was initiated in 1990, First Literacy has awarded over 500 scholarships. The adult learners who 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.
2022-2023 First Literacy Scholars
Below is a list of the 2022-2023 First Literacy scholars and the schools they will be attending.
First Literacy also awards special scholarships each year to deserving adult learners.
- The Mayor Thomas Menino Scholarship1 was created in 2014 to honor Mayor Menino’s commitment to adult literacy education and the potential of all students.
- The William Berman Scholarship2 recognizes Mr. Berman’s years of dedicated service to First Literacy and his love of learning throughout his life.
- The Tom Brunnick Memorial Scholarship3 was created in memory of Tom Brunnick, who immigrated to the United States in 1921, escaping poverty and civil war in his home country of Ireland in search of a better life. He worked tirelessly to pursue his own dreams, and was ultimately able to raise five children and buy a house in his adopted home city of Boston.
- The Jeffrey P. Beale Scholarship4 was established in 2022 by First Literacy’s Board of Directors, in gratitude to Jeff’s many years of service as Board Chair and to adult learners throughout Massachusetts; the scholarship recognizes a scholar who has been a significant contributor in their community.
- The First Literacy Board of Directors’ Scholarship5 is awarded at the discretion of the Board as recognition of an individual’s or organization’s extraordinary contribution to the success of First Literacy’s mission.
Dihelin Esther Agoda Tandjawa – Quinsigamons Community College
Sonia Junia Albino – Bunker Hill Community College
Fernande Antoine – Bunker Hill Community College
Catheline Averdieu – Bunker Hill Community College
Fernanda Bijos -Bunker Hill Community College
Alesy Borges – Bunker Hill Community College
Kevin Del rosario – Bunker Hill Community College
Fougere Desjardins -Bunker Hill Community College
Jouveline Desronvil – Bunker Hill Community College
Clarita Garcia – Bunker Hill Community College
Djemsson Laurent – Bunker Hill Community College
Juan Luna – Mount Wachusett Community College2
Hajarah Nakalyango – Mount Wachusett Community College
Diana Rawana – North Shore Community College
Kimberly Saldana – Bunker Hill Community College
Anny Sanchez – Bunker Hill Community College 1
Christele St Jules – Bunker Hill Community College
Brima Bangura – Bunker Hill Community College3
Viktorija Barone – Bunker Hill Community College
Yane Chen – Bunker Hill Community College
Katia De Abreu – Bunker Hill Community College
Julia Dupere – North Shore Community College
Kherrina Francis – Southern New Hampshire University
Gabriela Garcia – UMass Boston
Khadija Koutani – Bunker Hill Community College
Qiaomin Li – Bunker Hill Community College
Bushrah Namirimu – Mount Wachusett Community College4
Diana Georgina Paulino Castillo – Bunker Hill Community College
Nicole Simeon – Bunker Hill Community College
Lilian Thimotti – Mount Wachusset Community College
Maria Gorete Veader Bunker Hill Community College
Yves Verneret -Mount Wachusett Community College
Diana Georgina Paulino Castillo
Katia De Abreue
Kherrina Titiana R.O. Francis
Marie Gerty Marius
Maria Gorete Veader
Maria Celia Sarmiento
Mayor Thomas Menino Scholarship1
William Berman Scholarship2
Tom Brunnick Memorial Scholarship3
Rosene Benoit Volcy
Katia De Abreu
Julio Cesar Grimaldo
Thi Kim Phung Nguyen
Aurie Judith Serrano
Tatiana Jean Philippe
Eliene Lima da Silva
Rasha Habis Obyat
Marie Regine Paul