Part Three: Meet the 2015 New Visions Scholarship Winners!
Many times, financial aid packages offered by colleges and universities do not cover the full cost of attendance. Too often, those gaps function as deterrents for students. For the last six years, New Visions has awarded an exceptional set of high school seniors from New York City with scholarships to help offset the cost of attending the college of their choice. This year, we are proud to present 10 outstanding students with New Visions scholarships of up to $20,000. Today, meet…
"With education comes opportunity. With opportunity comes limitless possibilities."
One of six children raised by a single mother in public housing in the South Bronx, Elvis grew up envious of things his friends had that he did not. But in 7th grade, a trip to his mother’s village in Lucinda, Honduras, helped to put everything in perspective for him. Elvis realized how, for children his own age, even the dream of a better future was out of reach. In his words, “the lack of opportunity these disadvantaged kids are facing has threatened their way of life.”
A resilient and thoughtful young man, Elvis threw himself into his classes at Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, where he thrived as a natural leader: Vice-President of Student Government, co-founder of the Robotics Club, mentor to underclassmen and a member of the National Honor Society.
As part of the first generation in his family to both graduate high school and continue on to college—to Dartmouth College, no less—Elvis feels the responsibility of his hard work and educational opportunities, and plans to devote himself to civil engineering, in the hopes of one day helping to transform poor cities around the globe.
"Every child has the fundamental right to a good education."
When Fatima returned to her home country of Pakistan in middle school, the biggest adjustment wasn’t the culture shock or the competitive rigor of her new school—it was trying to learn Urdu in under 6 months: “the other students had been learning Urdu since kindergarten, whereas I didn’t even comprehend app (you) and yeh (this).” Fatima devoted herself to the challenge, and in time, was comfortable enough to notice other, starker differences, such as the gender and economic disparities among her classmates, where male students outnumbered female students 3:1.
As the salutatorian of Astor Collegiate Academy, Fatima was ceaselessly involved in her school’s academic and extracurricular community, serving on both the leadership team and the yearbook club, participating in the Einstein College of Medicine enrichment program, and interning at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, where she shadowed a doctor who treated cardiac patients.
Fatima, who aspires to become a physician dedicated to women’s and children’s health, is also dedicated to one day creating an NGO to provide educational opportunities for women. Fatima well knows, “educating women uplifts the whole community,” and she hopes to reinforce the idea, particularly in developing countries, that education is a “fundamental right.”