Twins Jessica and Jennifer Dossantos
Jessica Dossantos '23

Jessica Dossantos chose UMass Lowell for its patient simulation labs – and because her twin sister liked the university, too.

I want to become a travel nurse and go into different areas where I haven’t been before.
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Twins Jessica and Jennifer Dossantos
Jennifer Dossantos '23

Honors College student Jennifer Dossantos is majoring in business because she’s inspired by her mom.

I wanted to have a major where I could have versatility, so business seemed like a good option.
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Neyder Fernandez and Joe Kennedy
Neyder Fernandez '23
Political Science

First-gen student Neyder Fernandez is president of the Student Government Association.

My parents would say, ‘You can do anything that you want to, and we have your back.’
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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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River Hawk Scholars Academy News

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    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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    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.