Dream big and work hard. That's the River Hawk way. UMass Lowell students pursue  their passion for learning in the classroom and beyond. They are each unique but are united in their drive to make a difference. Here are some of their stories.

  • Sean Flaherty
    Finance

    After a life-changing health scare, Sean Flaherty recommitted himself to academics. He graduated from the Manning School of Business with a perfect 4.0 GPA and landed his “dream job” at a water sustainability company in New York.

  • Alessandra Greco
    Economics, Labor Studies minor

    Alessandra Greco’s understanding of the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. economy and monetary policy grew exponentially when she joined a team that went to the Boston Fed Challenge. She’s already preparing for next year’s competition.

  • Edwyn Shoemaker
    Political Science

    Edwyn Shoemaker hasn't had an easy road through life. But he’s taken the right steps for success in his education and wants to help others do the same.

  • Thomas Baldwin
    History

    Thomas Baldwin is pursuing a history degree while planning a career in law.

  • Dic Donohue
    Criminal Justice & Criminology

    Retired MBTA Transit Police Sgt. Dic Donohue finished his master’s degree in 2012. Less than a year later, he was shot during a police firefight with the Boston Marathon bombers. After earning his Ph.D. in criminology, he’s taking a job with the RAND Corp.

  • Tommy Curtis
    Entrepreneurship and Marketing

    Tommy Curtis, who recently competed in his second Golden Gloves tournament, balances his studies in the Manning School of Business with training in the boxing ring.

  • Yefry Matos
    Finance

    Yefry Matos came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at age 18, worked as a janitor to pay his way through community college and now has a banking job waiting for him at JPMorgan Chase & Co. after graduation.

  • Daniel Howell
    Public Health

    When Daniel Howell interned at the City of Lowell Health Department, he helped run a forum addressing opioid abuse.