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.
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.
The “Gift to the Class of 2021” recognizes the disruption the pandemic has had on educational aspirations and aims to get students back on track.
Nonprofit Duet program in Manchester "meets students where they are, and gets them where they need to be" with a combination of online learning, flexibility, coaching, tutoring, career counseling and more.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announces six 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 $66,500 in scholarships in 2020.
Social studies teacher from West Running Brook Middle School in Derry will spend her sabbatical year on a project called "Promoting Just Schools," aiming to help ensure that all New Hampshire children have an equal opportunity to thrive in the classroom.
Meredith Peck of Holderness, now a medical resident, plans to return to New Hampshire to practice as a family doctor in communities in need of primary care physicians.
Charitable Foundation scholarships are helping Marissa and Dalton Courtemarche of Lyndeborough finish their degrees and embark on careers in veterinary medicine and environmental conservation.
Kaylee Downs of Rochester is earning a degree in fire science from Lakes Region Community College with help from Charitable Foundation Scholarships.
Matthias Page of Claremont, an ocean engineering and mathematics major at the University of New Hampshire, is working his way through school with help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship.
Judy Burrows retired at the end of 2019. Her life's work has made life better for thousands of people.