First Generation College Students From Local Area High Schools
“Post secondary education opportunities and our scholarships are part of our initiatives to end multigenerational poverty, helping to make bright futures a reality,” says Alison DeCourcey, UCM Executive Director. "We appreciate our partnership with Battelle and the generous bequest from the estate of Mrs. Lois Valencourt that make these scholarships possible.Their commitment to invest in access to opportunity is invaluable."
Funded by a grant from Battelle, these competitive college scholarships are designed to encourage economically-challenged Mount Vernon area high school seniors to pursue college studies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Scholarship candidates must demonstrate leadership, confidence in dealing with challenges, commitment to goals, and active participation in community service, extracurricular activities, or work.
The 2019 Battelle-United Community Scholars are:
James Wrobeh graduated this spring from Bryant Alternative High School and will attend Virginia State University to pursue a degree in criminal justice. James started first grade at 13 years old, when he and his family arrived in the United States from Liberia. He will be the first in his family to attend college in the United States.
Thanks to a generous bequest in 2014, the Lois Valencourt Scholarship Fund enables students who have graduated from high schools in the Mount Vernon area to pursue post-secondary training and career advancement after graduation. This can include vocational training or a college degree.
The Valencourt Scholars for 2019 are:
Micco Daniels graduated this spring from Mount Vernon High School, He will attend Case Western Reserve University to pursue a double major in computer science and music. He was recommended by his high school guidance counselor.
Ruth Fikru Hailemeskel also of Mount Vernon High was awarded a Valencourt Scholarship in addition to the Battelle award.
James Wrobeh of Bryant Alternative High School was awarded a Valencourt Scholarship in addition to his Battelle Scholarship.
Congratulations and best wishes to all our graduates on their accomplishments!
(June 2019, United Community Enews)