Chelsea Amadi and Nomwende Doamba, North Shore Community College Class of 2019, were two of four students presented with Liberty Mutual Insurance’s 2017-2018 LEADA@Liberty Scholarship, which grants each recipient $2,500 per year for each of the four years of their college career.
The scholarship, which Liberty launched last year, will be awarded annually to four students of African descent who are enrolled in the Massachusetts Commonwealth Commitment program. The scholarship program is designed to offset the cost of college for Massachusetts students who enroll in community college with the ultimate goal of completing a degree at a state university or University of Massachusetts campus. Imani Exilhomme of Bunker Hill Community College and Anthony Wathuo of Middlesex Community College were the other two recipients of this year’s scholarship.
“We are thrilled to award our inaugural scholarship to Chelsea, Nomwende, Imani, and Anthony and we look forward to working with them as mentors and advisors over the next four years of school,” said Kevin Gayle, Former Operations Chair of Liberty Mutual’s Employees of African Descent and Allies (LEADA@Liberty) employee resource group. “We see investing in students at the beginning of their college career as a way to create a path for future Liberty Mutual employees and our goal with this scholarship is to reach a historically untapped pool of talent. Being able to help offset the cost of college tuition and the resulting student loan debt is a win-win for community college students, Liberty Mutual Insurance and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
Chelsea Amadi is a liberal arts biology major who is also student ambassador for NSCC’s STEM and TRIO Student Support programs. She has made the Dean’s List every semester and is a member and secretary of the NSCC’s Honor Society and Multicultural Clubs. She commented: “I am excited to receive this scholarship. After graduating from NSCC, I plan to pursue a B.S. in biology from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell and eventually enroll in medical school. Ultimately, I would love to work in urban areas in the U.S. and in Nigeria, delivering medical assistance to people who are suffering from brain injuries or born with congenital problems to help them lead fulfilling and happy lives.”
Nomwende Doamba is an undergraduate freshman majoring in software engineering who also serves in the Massachusetts Army Reserve. He commented: “My goal is to serve in a national security agency after graduation where I plan to use information technology expertise to protect my country. This scholarship makes it easier for me to pursue my education and brings me that much closer to my military career.”
The first of its kind in the nation, the Commonwealth Commitment is the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s innovative college affordability and completion plan that aims to help more Massachusetts students achieve the dream of a college career. The plan commits Massachusetts public colleges and universities to providing a series of financial incentives to students who begin their studies at one of 15 community colleges, earn an associate degree within two and a half years, and then transfer to a state university or University of Massachusetts campus to earn a baccalaureate degree. Liberty Mutual is the Commonwealth Commitment’s first private sector partner.
“Liberty Mutual and the LEADA@Liberty team in particular have been great partners in supporting our students on their journey to baccalaureate degrees through transfer,” said Carlos E. Santiago, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education. “By supporting the Commonwealth Commitment program with scholarships and offering internship and mentoring opportunities, Liberty Mutual is helping students stay on a path to graduation and success in their chosen field.”
Administered by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the LEADA@Liberty scholarship is available to students of African descent attending community colleges in Massachusetts. In addition to the scholarship, through the Commonwealth Commitment, students who attend college full-time and maintain a 3.0 GPA receive a freeze on tuition and fees, a 10 percent rebate at the end of each successfully completed semester, and a full MassTransfer tuition waiver in their third and fourth years at a university.
“The UNCF Boston office is pleased to partner with Liberty Mutual Insurance on the LEADA@Liberty scholarship program,” said UNCF Area Development Director Lois Smith. “This exciting new initiative provides scholarships for deserving Massachusetts Community College students of African descent who will create a pipeline toward completion of a bachelor’s degree. UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members and has helped more than 445,000 students graduate from college. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs.”
For more information about the annual scholarship, please visit https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/da7b50b3-90a5-44e2-b368-379013b0041a
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