Students in Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Lynn and Worcester Selected for Post-Secondary Education and Training Grants Totaling $25,000

BOSTON, MA – June 16, 2016 – Keolis Commuter Services, operator of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail system, today awarded $25,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in five Massachusetts cities served by MBTA commuter rail – Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Lynn and Worcester. The $1,000 awards were announced at a State House event earlier today, attended by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and other local elected officials.

“I am so proud of these 25 young men and women who have chosen to pursue college and career training, particularly those going into STEM fields,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These Keolis Scholars represent the future workforce here in the Commonwealth.”

“As Massachusetts’ commuter rail provider and an employer in the Commonwealth, we have a responsibility to not only serve our communities but to strengthen them,” said Keolis General Manager Gerald C. Francis. “Keolis is proud to award these scholarships to students from across the state, helping them afford a quality education and the training they need to participate in the 21st century global economy.”

Each Keolis Scholar received $1,000 to be used for post-secondary education and training at an accredited two-year or four-year college, or accredited vocational training school. Keolis worked with existing scholarship award committees in local city and school districts to choose the recipients and distribute the awards, which were based on both financial need and merit.

Sixty percent of the students will be pursuing studies or career training in the areas of science, technical, engineering or math (STEM); forty percent will pursue studies in other disciplines.


  • Adam Barriga (East Boston), Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Carlos Acevedo (Jamaica Plain), Framingham State University
  • Musa Suhununu (Dorchester), UMass Lowell
  • Nelie Derius (Dorchester), UMass Dartmouth
  • Annabelle Aguirre (East Boston), Emmanuel College


  • Kevin Croker, University of Rhode Island
  • Lily Green, UMass Lowell
  • Larissa Luis, Fitchburg State University
  • Angelica Fontes, Bridgewater State University
  • Andre Mathelier, UMass Dartmouth


  • Helen Acevedo, uffolk University
  • Eric Cruz _Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Maribel Mateo, Worcester State University
  • Diana Phan, Emmanuel College
  • Harvey Vargas, UMass Lowell


  • Hector Valdivieso Alas, Salem State University
  • Angel Solis, Northern Essex Community College
  • Kosal Noum, UMass Lowell
  • Shnaidie Macajoux, UMass Lowell
  • Josias Polonia, UMass Lowell


  • Umme Kalsoom Fnu, Clark University
  • John T. Cullen, Worcester State University
  • Justyn Andrew Aguila, Emry Riddle University
  • Aubrey J. Leary, Fordham University
  • David W. Howard, Worcester Polytechnic Institute