Jonathan is one of those students that stands out in the crowd. As one of our SFIC recipients, we can’t help and admire his fortitude and tenacity when it comes to his education.
When he first came to The United States from the Dominican Republic with his mother and older sister, he found that the major challenge he had to overcome was learning English and adapting to his new surroundings. He adapted extremely well and continues to excel in his studies.
Jonathan is a senior at Hudson Catholic Regional High School in Jersey City. His favorite thing about attending the school is how much they care about all the students. Putting them first and the emphasis on the importance of education.
He will be attending Villanova University “GO WILDCATS” on the Villanova O’Toole Family Presidential Scholarship which will cover ALL FOUR YEARS of his education. He plans on majoring in Communication. “I have a passion for film and photography, and this major is very versatile. My dream is to travel the world and explore different cultures while documenting them through media.”
“Receiving the SFIC tuition assistance and now the Villanova O’Toole Family Presidential Scholarship has helped my family tremendously financially since I’m not sure I would have been able to afford receiving such a high quality education otherwise.
One day I would love to be able to help people from low income families that are in the same situation as myself and as an immigrant, give them inspiration to pursue their dreams and be a beacon of hope.
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART AND CONTINUE TO SPREAD POSITIVITY THROUGH YOUR DONATIONS AND ACTIONS.”
Manuela Yeboah – Alumni with a Mission
Manuela is one of the many SFIC Alumni who exemplify the main core reason for our mission – values! She is currently working as a Teacher at North Star Academy Charter School of Newark. Previously Manuela was a Trainer for Global Kids which is a non-profit organization focused on youth development and civic engagement for underserved youth around the world. She graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree focusing on Environmental Science and Biology. “I have a strong passion for social justice, youth work, activism, and environmentalism–specifically in the environmental justice sector.” She has worked for the Sadie Nash Leadership. “I enjoy reading, painting, and traveling in my free time.” Manuela is just one of many siblings in her family to receive SFIC assistance and graduate from Catholic schools. Her father continues to value the education his daughters receive and the assistance that The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children has been able to provide with the gifts from donors!
It’s All in the Family – Meet SFIC Alumni James
Catholic education is a tradition in the Suazo family. Just ask James. James is a former recipient of The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children (SFIC) and one of 11 children who attended or are attending a Catholic school in his family. The most recent to enter is his young brother Joseph who just now entering second grade.
James graduated from William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business where he participated in the Financial Planner Program. He previously attended St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark and Mother Seton Elementary School in Union City. He gives back by volunteering as a coach and mentor for the youth basketball team at Mother Seton Elementary School. “I have a passion for helping others”, said James. While attending William Paterson, he visited high schools and educated high school students about the importance of Financial Planning as part of the student chapter of the Financial Planning Association.
He is currently an Associate Financial Planner at Baron Financial Group and hopes to continue utilizing his experience in Financial Planning in service to his community. “I am grateful to the donors who continue to provide many families and children the opportunity to pursue a quality education. Thank you for all your assistance.”
Adwoa is a recent SFIC Alumni and graduate of Benedictine Academy (Class of 2016). She is currently a junior at Howard University School of Business and is majoring in International Business with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. She was recently chosen as one of Forbes Under 30 scholars.