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.
A scholarship fund for graduating seniors, started through a crowdsourced effort at a 50th class reunion, continues to gain momentum — and will help Nashua's young people in perpetuity.
The Community College System of New Hampshire’s “Promise Program” covers the gap between the amount of aid a student receives and the total cost of tuition and fees required to attend one of the seven community colleges in the state.
Elizabeth Bickel’s parents were immigrants who found ways to help other immigrants. Now, a scholarship in her name continues that legacy.
The John Harrigan Memorial Scholarship Fund will help New Hampshire students who are studying Journalism and/or Environmental Science or Policy.
Grace Wirein of Dublin is pursuing her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College with help from a Foundation scholarship. Her goals: to become a licensed mental health counselor and psychologist working with adolescents and young adults, in particular with Asian American populations.
Felicia Fekay of Whitefield is doing the work she loves. She became a licensed practical nurse with help from Charitable Foundation scholarships and plans to continue her studies and become a registered nurse.
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.