Press Release

Bunker Hill Community College Students Honored at Fenway Park

Monday, August 12, 2013

Eleven Bunker Hill Community College students were among the 13 graduates of First Literacy’s program for adult learners to earn special recognition as scholarship winners during pre-game festivities at Fenway Park on July 22. Pam Y. Eddinger, Ph.D., President of Bunker Hill Community College presented the scholarships to the students at a ceremony on the field.

First Literacy scholarships go to adult learners who have completed their basic education or received their GEDs and are beginning or continuing their post-secondary education. The scholarships recognize educational achievement, community service and persistence in the face of hardship.

Scholarship recipients entering BHCC are: Abdelmalik Drief, Selima Endris, Mohamed Janga, Roule Mompoint, Sherrie Thomas, Donna Toscano and Yong Zheng; continuing BHCC students who earned scholarships are: Blanca Gomez, Mark Moses, Roxana Ramirez and Elona Toro.

A nonprofit organization based in Boston, First Literacy is celebrating 25 years of work to improve the lives of adults struggling to enhance their English language skills. Since 1990, more than 400 $1,000 scholarships have been awarded.

“I was delighted and proud to be at historic Fenway Park to honor First Literacy scholarship recipients who have worked so hard for their education,” said Eddinger.

Said Michael Feher, Director of Programs at First Literacy, “It was wonderful awarding our scholarships this year with Dr. Eddinger at Fenway Park. Students felt the solid support of BHCC, the Red Sox and First Literacy.”

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About Bunker Hill Community College
Celebrating 50 years of excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).