Scholar Spotlight: Ahmad

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Congratulations to Ahmad, our Class of 2019 awardee of an Earl M. Gardner Scholarship, now enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston: 

“I am interested in majoring in computer science and minoring in business because these fields are at the center of change.  I enjoy computer programming because it allows me to be in control of my creation and bring it to reality.  When I was younger, I developed several entrepreneurial ideas.  I taught myself through experience and, in doing that, I learned how to be ambitious, patient, professional, and most importantly, independent.  Now that I’m going to college, I would like to add onto these experiences and begin to develop a career.  These objectives will be more easily attainable with financial help and support of my school and my community.”

Scholar Spotlight: Josee

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Congratulations to Josee, our Class of 2019 recipient of a Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award!  Josee is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston to study criminal justice:  “Being the first in my family to embark on a four-year college education means a lot to me and to my family.  Also, I am grateful for being the first, because I can show a good example to my little cousins so that they will be interested to go to college like me.  They can also use me as a resource to help them with school work and life’s situations.  I hope that one day I will become a detective and come to help people who don’t have a voice within society, especially people of color.  My goal is to do outreach and teach people about how the criminal justice system works.  Through workshops, I also want to teach them when and how to claim their basic human rights.”

Scholar Spotlight: David

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Congratulations to David, our Class of 2019 awardee for the “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarship for Mathematics!  David is enrolled at Brown University, where he’ll be majoring in computational biology: “It was mainly my time in a summer internship at Day Zero Diagnostics, a startup company whose goal is to use genome sequencing and machine learning technology to modernize infectious disease diagnosis and treatment, that cemented my future direction to pursue computational biology — a field where I can actively contribute to saving lives while still pursuing my lifelong passion for computer science.  I want to be able to eventually help lead the research and development of this type of technology.”

Friends of CRLS‘s “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarships are funded by generous, community-minded, forward-thinking business leaders around our city.  Each year, we award five $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who have each demonstrated commitment through their years at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, our city’s public high school, to one of the STEAM fields:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. If you run a business and would like to join, find out how to be a “100 by 100” sponsor here or contact usOur Business is Student Success.

Scholar Spotlight: Benjamin

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Congratulations to Benjamin, our Class of 2019 awardee of the Dr. Christopher Saheed Scholarship for Future Educators, who is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he’ll be studying psychology and early childhood education:

“I’m going to college to pursue a major in psychology and early childhood education. I want to receive my bachelor’s degree and possibly continue on to get my master’s in social work or teaching. I have experience in working with children in daycare and summer camp settings as well as foster children in a summer camp setting. Growing up as the youngest of ten children, I had always wanted to take on the role of the older sibling. Something about being that example for younger kids is really gratifying for me. In college I want to belong to groups that will do community service for the people in the area who may be less fortunate and I want to dedicate time to building a relationship with the people and adding something meaningful to the community and culture of the university.”

Scholar Spotlight: Sheden

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Congratulations to Sheden, who is Friends of CRLS’s 2019 awardee of both the Earl M. Gardner Scholarship and the Maria J. Tavares Memorial Scholarship.  Sheden is enrolled in the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston and aspires to be a business leader: 

“I am not only a woman, but I am a Muslim woman of color, and my goal is to work on improving the lack of inclusion in the business world for women of color in America.  I would like to prove to young girls that the weight of constant criticism should not keep women away from sharing their gifts with the world.  Since the age of fourteen, I have pursued job opportunities, and working has given me insight into the business world.  Working has helped me make discoveries that I may have never learned of if I were restricted by the thoughts and ideas of others.  Other people’s assumptions should not dictate over one’s life, but, in fact, as a motivator for self success.”

Scholar Spotlight: Liana

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Congratulations to Liana, our Class of 2019 awardee of the “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarship for the Arts, who will be attending California College of the Arts to major in community arts:

“I plan to work in art accessibility, community, and education to try and expand the number of people who get to benefit from art spaces. Expensive classes and materials let only those who can afford it be able to create to their true capability. Art belongs in spaces that don’t cut off people’s access to it, and people who create these spaces and this type of art are vital. My goal is to be one of those people.”

Scholar Spotlight: Katya

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Congratulations to Katya, our Class of 2019 awardee of the Mary Frances Monti Memorial Scholarship,
now enrolled at Simmons University, where she’ll be studying for a career in child advocacy:

If I don’t pursue law and become a child advocacy attorney, I would like to be a social worker for children in the foster/adoption system. By learning about social work and human services, I hope to leave Simmons University with enough knowledge to start making change. I plan to work with young children in the foster care/adoption system and put their priorities first. The most important question that I hope to have all the answers to is: Where is the best home for them where they can feel loved, cared for, and encouraged to pursue their passions? I know that I am only one person and that change is difficult to spark. However, by helping the youth, I am positive that I will be doing what I can to set people off on the right track so that they can make change in whatever way they see fit. I know the value education holds and the opportunities it brings forth. I believe it to be a basic human right that should be accessible to everybody, regardless of demographic.

Student Spotlight: Xolotl

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Xolotl, our Class of 2018 recipient of the CRLS Core Values Scholarship and the Colonel & Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial Scholarship, now enrolled at Stanford University, told us:

“I am on a journey to learn about the link between masculinity and violence.  At Stanford University, I hope to further this journey by studying how societal norms related to gender, sexuality, and racism place particular constraints on men of color.  As a major in anthropology with a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, I hope to study masculinity and racism.  My long-term aspirations are to one day become a professor who can write, teach, and research about Latinx masculinity and gender, and the unseen impact it has on people’s everyday lives.”

Congratulations, Xolotl!

Student Spotlight:  Mikayla

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Mikayla, CRLS Class of 2018 recipient of the CRLS Core Values Scholarship, now enrolled at UMass Boston, told us:

“My plan is to go into the nursing major to receive my Bachelor’s Degree, work as a registered nurse to gain some work experience in the field, then eventually go back to graduate school, obtain my Master’s Degree in Nursing, and become a psychiatric nurse.  Another one of my goals during my junior and senior year of college is to travel abroad and do internships where I can have the opportunity to work in hospitals in different countries and provide medical care for those who do not have the money to afford efficient medical care.”

Congratulations, Mikayla!


Student Spotlight: Thomas

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Thomas, the CRLS Class of 2018 recipient of the Juliette Kayyem & David Barron Scholarship for Children of First Responders, now enrolled at the University of Rhode Island, told us:

“One definite goal I have for myself is to graduate from college with a degree in marine biology.  As a career, I hope to enter the field of teaching and/or research for Marine Biology or even general Biology. CRLS teachers have recommended to me that I become a teacher, saying I understand how to teach a class and make it enjoyable for students to be there while they learn many important things about the subject I’m
talking about.”

Congratulations, Thomas!