By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
New Hampshire photographer Becky Field has been documenting the lives of New Hampshire’s immigrant and refugee families since 2012, sharing their rich cultural diversity and honoring their contributions to our communities. And she noticed something similar about these very diverse families: an unflagging emphasis on the importance of education. But she also realized that many of these families lack the financial resources to send their children to four-year colleges — even when the children excel in high school. Field, a former college professor, partnered with the Foundation to establish the Different Roots, Common Dreams Scholarship Fund to help students of any age who came to New Hampshire as refugees or immigrants and want to pursue a four-year undergraduate degree. Applications for the first round of scholarships from this fund will open in February of 2018. Contributions can be made to the fund online at give.nhcf.org/DifferentRoots.
With help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship, Joshua Williams is studying at Lakes Region Community College, majoring in Electrical Systems Maintenance and Installation and Electrical Power and Control Technologies. He plans four more years of study for an electrician journeyman’s license, then to earn his master electrician’s certification. He dreams of starting his own business.
Adrianna George of Milford is studying Animal Science and Marine Biology at UNH with help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship.
Steven Martinez of Manchester is entering his fourth year of schooling to become a licensed plumbing contractor, while working as a plumber's apprentice.
Hamza Abdulrahman is attending college with help from a Foundation scholarship. His scholarship is from the Elizabeth I. Bickel Scholarship fund — which was created by a woman whose own family had emigrated to America, and always found ways to help the next waves of immigrants following behind them.
Career change: Meghan Foley used to cover local emergencies as a reporter. Now she responds to them as a firefighter and EMT. With help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship, Meghan is studying Fire Science at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia.
Read the final report on the Class Gift to the Class of 2021, including implications for New Hampshire, lessons from neighboring states — and how additional investment in community college for students could benefit New Hampshire students, workforce, economy and communities.
‘I didn’t know these doors were open to me.’ Partner post from Reaching Higher NH about how schools are promoting equitable access through homegrown career pathways.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces five scholarship recipients for the Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund
The Bill and Esther Levy Scholarships support students from A. Crosby Kennett High School in Conway — awarding $78,500 in scholarships in 2022.
David C. Prescott saved for years to create a scholarship that will help New Hampshire students for generations.
Longtime public-school educator John Foss "had a special place in his heart for kids who struggled with learning." Now, a scholarship fund in his name will help students from Milford who have faced disabilities or hardships such as homelessness or mental health challenges; or students studying to become educators who will help children who have faced disability or hardship.
As a youngster in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hussain Amiri collected and sold firewood and made carpets to help support his family, then studied at night. After enduring war and trauma, his family arrived in Concord with only what they carried and very little idea of what to expect. Now, he is studying at Plymouth State University for a career in computer science and working as a case manager at Building Community in NH, helping refugees as they build new lives in New Hampshire.
Marina Ngalula is on the cusp of realizing her childhood dream of becoming an engineer — so she can build useful things that improve people's lives.