For the past four years, ALKU has had the pleasure of taking its strong commitment to the mentoring cause a step further. The ALKU Scholarship was created to directly impact students who have a positive mentoring relationship within Massachusetts. We are now able to assist students, financially, in their aspirations of attending a 4-year college/university. In the past three years we have been able to award $20,000 to the following recipients; Ronique Williams, Marta Pleitez, and Danial Mbusa. All outstanding young individuals who have gone on to pursue a higher education for Criminal Justice and the STEM field.
This year, we are excited to announce our fourth ALKU Scholarship recipient, Julian Viviescas of Lowell, Massachusetts. Julian and his Father moved to The United States from Columbia in hopes for more opportunity only three years ago. The transition into a new country, culture, and language were tough, but Julian was dedicated to learning and moving forward to being able to contribute to his new community. During his second year at Lowell High School Julian met Ms. Lander, his teacher, and mentor. Ms. Lander writes “I remember him as incredibly thoughtful, slightly shy young man, still mastering English. But I remember how very quickly during the semester he started to emerge as an engaging, perceptive and dedicated leader in the class.”
In just three short years of being in the United States Julian has become fluent in reading, writing and understanding the English language. With his passion for journalism being the driving force, Julian has published a book with his classmates called, Achieving Equality. He has also led a city-wide gun buyback program, served on a national leadership board of emerging youth leaders to advocate for action-based civic education, and speaks publicly at conferences across the nation on the importance of civic education.
Julian hopes to attend a four-year College or University studying Journalism and Photojournalism to continue to be a change-maker in his community.
ALKU and Mass Mentoring Partnership will be presenting the ALKU Scholarship to Julian at the Cheers to Mentoring Event on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 5-7:00 PM at the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston, MA. During the event, we will honor our 2018 ALKU Scholarship winner, and share some brief remarks from newly appointed MMP President & CEO, Lily E. Mendez, and ALKU Founder & CEO, Mark Eldridge! There will also be a silent auction with lots of high-end libations, gift cards, and so forth.
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