2016 Scholarship Recipients*:
Poulard Vanessa Sylvestre, Boston International High School, will attend Gordon College, and plans to become an educator and an author. In 2013, Poulard emigrated to America. While attending Boston International High, Poulard witnessed how much teachers were invested in the student’s life. She also observed how this environment created in students, like herself, the motivation to learn and succeed. This supportive atmosphere gave her both a purpose, and goals. In the future, Poulard hopes to return to her native country of Haiti to build her own school.
Savina Gwendolyn Tapia, Boston Latin Academy, will attend American University. Like Mr. Griffith, Savina aspires to become a district superintendent and have the ability to create diverse and inclusive environments for all Boston School students. As the Student Representative to the Boston School Committee, Savina’s thoughtful, intelligent, and articulate contributions earned her the full respect of her fellow members.
Lily Yuan, Boston Latin School, will attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Lily credits her mentors at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Youth Design, and her Art teacher, Mr. Harris, for encouraging her on this journey to a career as an artist. Lily’s gratitude, respect, and admiration for her mentors, has encouraged her to emulate them and also become a mentor in the future. In this way, she aspires to help others achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Fei Ping Zhao, Boston Latin Academy, will attend the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Fei loves drawing, photography, dancing and digital design, but art holds a special place in her heart. Fei Ping’s design for Boston’s “First Night” celebration button was selected as the winning entry, and the resulting media attention to both her and her art was a very memorable experience. It was then that she realized that her passion for art could lead to a career as an artist. Fei Ping also believes that art pieces are not only beautiful, expressive creations that are pleasing to the eye, but they can also teach people about social justice, biology, and history.
*Some comments are excerpts from students’ essays and recommendations.