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.

  • Christina Sirignano
    History and Education

    A scholarship endowed in memory of the late English teacher and lecturer Socrates Lagios helped Christina Sirignano complete her master’s degree in education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ellen Panetto
    Medical Laboratory Science

    Ellen Panetto was always interested in anatomy and how the body works, but wasn't sure exactly what area she wanted to work in. Her clinical rotation experiences led to her decision to pursue a career as a pathologists' assistant.

  • Debby Fernand
    Psychology, Sociology and Race and Ethnic Studies

    Debby Fernand says the River Hawk Scholars Academy has introduced her to friends and faculty mentors – and turned her into a leader herself.

  • Deirdre  Hutchison
    History

    Deirdre Hutchison was ‘terrified’ when she began college at 47.

  • Declan Burke
    Education

    Declan Burke struggled in school as a child. Now he plans to become a special education teacher.

  • Lisa teDuits
    Criminal Justice

    It took Lisa teDuits 27 years to earn her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She pursued the paralegal option for better job opportunities – and to set a good example for her sons.

  • Twisha Mohapatra
    Business

    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.

  • Feriel Boudif
    Biological Sciences

    By her sophomore year, Feriel Boudif had secured two paid research assistant positions on campus.