25 Keolis Scholars earn $1,000 to help pay for college, job training at UMass Club event
BOSTON – May 29, 2018 – Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the MBTA’s operating partner for commuter rail, today awarded $25,000 to local students as part of its Keolis Scholars program. Twenty-five students from Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Lynn and Worcester will use the $1,000 gift to help pay for post-secondary education or job training. This is the third year Keolis has awarded scholarships, bringing the total amount distributed to $75,000 to 75 students.
Speakers at today’s award ceremony included Keolis General Manager and CEO David Scorey and local elected officials. Keolis Scholars were provided with commuter rail tickets for them and their families to travel in to Boston and enjoy the awards luncheon at the UMass Club.
“At Keolis we strive to form true partnerships with the communities we serve with safe and reliable commuter rail service,” said Scorey. “Keolis Scholars is one of our favorite programs because by supporting such accomplished students, we know they in turn will go on to support their families, communities and the greater Boston region with their hard work and civic initiative.”
Keolis worked with city and school districts to choose the recipients and distribute the awards, which were based on both merit and financial need. More than 60 percent of Keolis Scholars are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). All 25 scholars will be attending programs, colleges and universities in the New England region.
Included below are the names of the students who were named Keolis Scholars at today’s ceremony, along with their declared school and intended major.
Akeem Milton, Electrical, Engineering Wentworth Institute of Technology
Manuel Rosado Mateo, Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Boston
Onasis Soto, Biology or Pre-med, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Fernando Palacios, Science, University of Massachusetts Boston
Carlai Danh, Veterinary Science, Suffolk University
Alexis Bester, Physician Assistant, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Anthony Lynch, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Boston
Gregory Minichiello, Forensic Science, University of New Hampshire
Angela Russano, Nursing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Demetrios Tsitsopoulos, Computer Engineer, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Haieley Gil, Sports Management, Plymouth State University
Oscar Tavarez, Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Charvady Hak, Engineering
Wilfreed Tejada, Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Islander Garcia, Mechanics, Universal Technical Institute
Odilia Mendez Barrondo, Fashion Merchandising, Framingham State University
Adam Washington, Business Management, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Lyla Nguyen, Biology, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Cindy Montesinos, Child Psychology, Salem State University
William Allen, Nursing, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Denezia Fahie, Political Science and International Relations, North High
Derek Perry, Pre-Med, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Gianna Goggins, Biochemistry, Boston College
Kenia M Gavidia, Nursing, Fitchburg State University
Yaw Amponsah, Kinesiology