Twisha Mohapatra in the audience during Oprah Winfrey's visit to UMass Lowell.
Twisha Mohapatra '21

Twisha Mohapatra says her experiences in the River Hawk Scholars Academy and the Honors College have boosted her confidence, taught her leadership skills and set her up for academic success.

My self-esteem has skyrocketed. I’m a leader now. Before, I never thought of myself as a leader.
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Veyli Ortiz Solis
Veyli Ortiz Solis ’20, ’21
Criminal Justice

Veyli Ortiz Solis earned a B.S. in criminal justice in just three years – with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

I always love to be challenged. I feel like that’s when I do my best work.
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Neyder Fernandez and Joe Kennedy
Neyder Fernandez '23
Political Science

Neyder Fernandez is finding ways to be politically active, from campaigning for Joe Kennedy to serving on a citizens’ advisory board for Lowell police.

I won a delegate seat to the state party convention. So even though (Joe) Kennedy lost, it was a real opportunity to learn about how the Democratic Party and elections work.
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Edgar Torres
Edgar Torres
Exercise Science, Physical Therapy and Kinesiology

Clinical Assoc. Prof. Edgar Torres was the first in his family to go to college. Now, he’s a mentor to first-year, first-generation college students.

The way to understand the material is to get involved in the class, ask questions and get to know your professor.
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River Hawk Scholars Academy News

  • A view of the GPS Center from outside

    From Refurbished Labs to New Hammocks, River Hawks Will Find Many Changes

    Returning students will notice several changes across campus this fall, including the new Global and Professional Studies Center opposite University Crossing, refurbished instructional and research labs, and the addition of outdoor amenities such as hammocks, Adirondack chairs and covered bike racks.
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  • Students sitting in the stands at the Tsongas Center

    A Hello, and Hello Again, to New River Hawks at Convocation

    Convocation formally kicked off the 2021-22 academic year for 2,600 first-year and transfer students — and also served as a belated welcome to campus for sophomores who spent last year learning remotely.
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  • Presley Bennett and Maddie Emond are both first-generation college students at UMass Lowell

    First-generation Students Get Head Start on College Life

    This summer, a UML support program for first-generation college students is piloting a “First to Launch” program on campus for incoming first-year students. With support from two recent grants, the River Hawk Scholars Academy is also expanding its services to sophomores, juniors and seniors. 
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  • A woman in an orange shirt stands with hands on hips while talking to young women at a library table

    New Seminar Demystifies College for High Schoolers

    UMass Lowell hosted a new College Exploration Seminar this summer for local high school students. It was designed to introduce them to the world of higher education while also giving them an in-person look at the UMass Lowell campus.
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