Jeremy Duford and other student talk over table with laptop
Jeremy Duford '23
Nutritional Science

A first-generation college student, Jeremy Duford was nervous about starting college. He says the River Hawk Scholars Academy was a tremendous support.

The RHSA provided a solution to every single thing. It’s a bridge into college.
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Yahayra Michel in front of a white board with words on it
Yahayra Michel ’07, ’09
Psychology and Criminal Justice

Asst. Teaching Prof. Yahayra Michel, who was a first-generation college student, found her mentors at UMass Lowell.

UMass Lowell just feels like home.
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Finance student Heer Patel seated inside a UMass Lowell building
Heer Patel '23
Accounting, Finance

A staff accountant internship at Novogradac confirmed business major Heer Patel’s interest in auditing — and opened the door to her becoming just one of 32 college students from across the country selected for its new Building Opportunities mentorship program.

I wanted a college that I could afford, and that has diversity and inclusiveness and makes me feel welcome. UMass Lowell was perfect.
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Asst. Teaching Prof. Matt Hurwitz helps students work with grade-schoolers
Matthew Hurwitz
English, River Hawk Scholars Academy

Asst. Teaching Prof. Matt Hurwitz helps first-year students in their transition to college by connecting them with the community. His dedication to service won him an advising award.

If a student comes to UMass Lowell, they’re ours – and we owe them everything we can do to help them succeed.
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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.