First Literacy Scholar: Vitalis

Vitalis attended high school in Nigeria and moved to the United States in March 2009. When he arrived in the U.S., he needed to take the GED exam because he didn’t have an original copy of his transcript, as required for registration at the University of Massachusetts. Eager to start his classes, he applied for a First Literacy Scholarship and was awarded a scholarship in 2011. In May 2015 Vitalis graduated from Northeastern University. He then worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a Clinical Trials Coordinator while he completing medical school applications. In May 2022 Vitalis graduated with his M.D. and MPH from Indiana University School of Medicine. Vitalis is now a General Surgery resident physician at University of Mass Chan Medical School – Baystate. 


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