Announcing the 2017 Penn for Immigrant Rights Scholarship Winner!
Penn for Immigrant Rights is pleased to announce Nayeli Romero as the winner of PIR’s fourth annual $500 Scholarship award!
At Central High School, Nayeli has excelled in her academic pursuits. Her teachers and other faculty members speak highly of her achievements and performance in the International Baccalaureate program, in particular. They also note her strong interpersonal skills that complement her strong academic background.
As for the road ahead, Nayeli plans to study Biology and aspires to become a veterinarian. Her dedication, altruism, and intelligence is evident in all her accomplishments and will serve her well on her college and career path. Her unwavering passion for animals and her dream of becoming a veterinarian informed so much of who she was, and we are so happy to see the scholarship go to a student with so much resolve. The Penn for Immigrant Rights Scholarship Committee is proud to help support Nayeli while she continues her studies as a stepping stone into accomplishing her dreams.
Announcing the 2016 Penn for Immigrant Rights Scholarship Winner!
Penn for Immigrant Rights is pleased to announce Refathun Momo as the winner of PIR’s third annual $500 Scholarship award!
Refathun moved to the United States from Bangladesh. After her father died, her family struggled financially and socially – a male head of household is an important aspect of Bangladeshi society and lacking one put her family at a disadvantage. In the fall of 2013, Refathun, her mother, and sister were able to come to the U.S. and stayed in Philadelphia with her aunt and extended family. However, after six months, Refathun had a choice to make – she could leave with her mother and go back to Bangladesh or she could stay in the U.S. and finish her education here. With a heavy heart, she chose to stay in the U.S. Nevertheless, despite those struggles, Refathun has become an articulate, dedicated, and confident person who is destined for great things.
Since her start at West Philadelphia High School, Refathun has shined. She has consistently been the top of her class, while balancing sports, school clubs, and being student council president. Her impressive accomplishments are only second to her drive and compassion. Refathun’s dedication to public service is evident in her extracurriculars. She has volunteered over 500 hours at soup kitchens serving the homeless, fundraising for building schools, various environmental clean-up initiatives, and more. Besides that, she is a tireless advocate for those in her community. As student council president, Refathun has addressed the injustices her peers and community face, while advocating for change at her high school and beyond – most notably through a moving speech during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service ceremony.
Refathun aspires to become a psychiatrist and build free hospitals for women and children back home in Bangladesh. Her passion, altruism, and intelligence is evident in all her accomplishments and will serve her well on her path to becoming a doctor. She currently plans to major in biology and psychology at St. Joseph’s University in the fall. The Penn for Immigrant Rights Scholarship Committee is proud to help support Refathun while she continues her studies as a stepping stone into accomplishing her dreams.
Announcing the 2015 Penn for Immigrant Rights Scholarship Winner
Penn for Immigrant Rights is pleased to announce Nagiarry Porcena-Meneus as the winner of PIR’s second annual Scholarship award.
Nagiarry aspires to become an author, an activist, and entrepreneur, and a mentor. Her service to others extends to her community through Nagiarry’s community clean-up initiatives and volunteering at her local library. Nagiarry is faithful in her religion and devoted to God through her involvements in Teens for Christ. Beyond her admirable spirituality, Nagiarry is uniquely motivated and meets every dream with love, intuition, and passion.
She intends to graduate with a degree in geology and anthropology, and give back to her beloved country, Haiti. The Penn for Immigrant Rights Scholarship Committee is proud to help support Nagiarry as she continues her studies as a stepping stone into accomplishing her dreams.
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Announcing the 2014 Penn for Immigrant Rights Scholarship Winner
Penn for Immigrant Rights is pleased to announce Coralie Compere from Northeast Philadelphia, PA as the winner of PIR’s first annual $500 Scholarship award.
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