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LOWELL ߝ Chancellor Marty Meehan yesterday announced the establishment of the Henry J. Powell Lawrence High School Endowed Scholarship for University Success at a reception on campus for students participating in the UMass Lowell/Lawrence College Prep Program.
College Prep is a program that brings students from Lawrence public schools to UMass Lowell’s campus for a 7-week summer program, exposing them to college learning. Approximately 150 students from grades 7 through 12, of all achievement levels and including native English speakers and English language learners, participate in College Prep. The program combines academics with important life skills such as interviewing and resume workshops as well as college application assistance. Participating high school seniors spend the program residing in UMass Lowell’s residence halls to round out the College Prep experience.
“It is with great pride that we announce these scholarships,” stated Chancellor Meehan. “I know firsthand how difficult it can be to pay for your education. Scholarships like this will help put a college education within reach for students.”
Two students, Hector Guerrero and Jennifer Franco, were awarded the inaugural Powell Scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Both students completed the College Prep program and graduated from Lawrence High School in June. Guerrero will study exercise physiology and Franco will major in liberal arts. Each student received a $5,000 scholarship.
Henry J. Powell is a UMass Lowell alumnus and Lowell native. He is the founder and former president of the Powell Corporation. He and his family are also responsible for establishing the Powell Family Endowment Scholarship to assist students living in Lawrence and Lowell. “This great University is just twelve miles down the river from you,” said Powell, addressing the College Prep students. “Don’t miss this opportunity to get an education. Give it your all, study and work hard, and get your degree. You will never regret it.”
In addition to the two Powell Scholarships, the University awarded eight $2,000 scholarships to other College Prep students.
UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 12,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu
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