Success Stories

Ciro Valiente

School: Bunker Hill Community College
Goal: Multi-lingual Journalist
Ciro is a political asylee from Venezuela, fleeing from his home country after being threatened because of his work documenting human rights violations. Although highly educated, he did not speak English. After arriving here, Ciro studied at El Centro Del Cardenal while working as a digital media editor at El Mundo, a Spanish language newspaper, where is still works as a multimedia journalist and video producer. Ciro is pursuing a degree in journalism at Bunker Hill Community College.

Yamileth LopezYamileth Lopez

School: UMass Boston
Goal: Accountant
Born in Colombia and raised in Venezuela by a single mother, Yamileth came to Boston in 1996, taking over the operation of her father’s convenience store in Hyde Park when he became ill. After years of working and learning English, she decided to go back to school. Yamileth graduated from Bunker Hill Community College, where she served as a student representative on the board of directors, in 2015 and will complete her degree in accounting at UMass Boston.

Mohamed JangaMohamed Janga

School: Bunker Hill Community College
Goal: College degree
Mohamed is a hardworking widower and father who escaped the civil war in his home country of Sierra Leone. He works at the Ritz Carlton Hotel where he has won the prestigious “Five Star” employee of the year twice and is also heavily involved with the community. He attends Bunker Hill Community College where he will receive his bachelor’s degree to not only better his own future, but also that of his two children.

VitalisVitalis Osuji

School: Northeastern University
Goal: Medical school
Vitalis attended high school in Nigeria and moved to the US in March 2009. He needed to take the GED exam because he didn’t have an original copy of his transcript, as required for registration at UMASS. Eager to start his classes, he applied for a First Literacy Scholarship. In May 2015 Vitalis graduated from Northeastern University. He is currently working at Massachusetts General Hospital as a Clinical Trials Coordinator while he completes medical school applications.