Gifty Kessie works with another student on a project
Gifty Kessie '23
Mechanical Engineering

Gifty Kessie takes advantage of opportunities to learn and grow – and then turns around and offers a helping hand to others.

I learned to never say no to any opportunity that comes my way.
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Justin Baez Peguero stands in front of framed images of flags from around the world
Justin Baez Peguero '24

Justin Baez Peguero is studying business, working three jobs and serving in student government.

If you work hard and take chances in life, that’s how you get opportunities.
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Javier Palma stands in front of a white board in a UMass Lowell classroom
Javier Palma '23
Electrical Engineering, UTeach

Javier Palma is earning a teaching license along with his B.S. in electrical engineering.

I want to be a teacher who can create a much more comfortable classroom environment.
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Shirley Adubofour
Shirley Adubofour '23
Political Science

Shirley Adubofour is putting her studies in political science and race and ethnic studies into practice as a student representative on UML’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

I wanted to do anything possible to make sure that our voices are heard.
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River Hawk Scholars Academy News

  • UML biomedical engineering student Alex Hutchinson in Granada, Spain

    RHSA Expands with Study Abroad, First-Gen Student Conference

    The River Hawk Scholars Academy is expanding its programs for first-generation college students, including adding a study abroad course and a conference organized by students, thanks to federal aid and grants from nonprofits.
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  • A young man in glasses smiles while listening to someone talk in a conference room

    New Program Helps First-Gen Students Find Career Paths

    The River Hawk Scholars Academy’s new Pathways to Career program helps first-generation college students in their junior year take advantage of resources available to them in the Career and Co-op Center.
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  • U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, UML Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey hold a ceremonial check for $500,000 for the RHSA

    UMass Lowell Gets $500,000 to Support First-Gen Students

    U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey visited campus to announce $500,000 in federal funding for the River Hawk Scholars Academy, which serves first-generation college students at the university.
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