Alliance Honors Refugee Students as Stars Among Us Scholarship Winners
The Alliance for Multicultural Community Services will award $11,400 in scholarships to fifteen outstanding refugee students on Friday, July 22.
The Stars Among Us scholarships will be presented to children from refugee families going into high school and in college in a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Alliance’s office, 6440 Hillcroft, on the fifth floor.
The student winners represent nine countries. The scholarships are designed to encourage refugee and immigrant children to continue their education and to help families pay for school uniforms and supplies, extracurricular school activities and post-secondary education. The selection criteria include both academic achievement and community service.
Each of the six middle school graduates going into high school will receive a $400 scholarship. The nine college students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Since 2001, the Alliance has awarded $139,400 to 152 students from refugee families from eighteen countries.
The 2011 Stars Among Us scholarship winners are:
Middle School Graduates
Mr. Ganga Adhikari Bhutan Fondren Middle School
Ms. Mandodara Biswa Bhutan Fondren Middle School
Mr. Paul Dingaoramaye Chad Las Americas Middle School
Ms. Parbitra Ghimira Bhutan Fondren Middle School
Mr. Abinash Tamang Bhutan Fondren Middle School
Ms. Rahwal Woldegebrial Eritrea Las Americas Middle School
Ms. Riam Abdulwahab Iraq University of Houston
Ms. Haneen Al Rawi Iraq University of Houston
Ms. Randa H. Alraimi Yemen Houston Community College
Ms. Linh Tu Chau Vietnam University of Houston
Mr. Q. Minh Nguyen Vietnam University of Texas
Ms. Rose Ndebee Nigeria Texas Southern University
Ms. Zinah Rasheed Iraq Houston Community College
Ms. Feven Kesete Tsada Ethiopia Houston Community College
Ms. Eden Kesete Tsada Ethiopia Texas Lutheran University
The Alliance’s mission is to provide a comprehensive mix of social and community development services to refugees, immigrants and low-income residents of Harris County to help them become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life. These services are delivered with linguistic and cultural competence and are designed to empower individuals, families and communities to succeed. Alliance services include job training and counseling, interpretation, immigration services, ESL classes, financial tutoring, savings assistance and after-school programs.