James Angelo, a refugee from South Sudan and recent graduate of Portland High School, was shot and killed in the fall of 2008 while working as a security officer at Mercy Hospital. In his memory, we award a Portland (Portland, Maine, USA) high school senior of African descent a scholarship to attend Southern Maine Community College.
The James Angelo Scholarship recognizes the challenges that immigrants and refugees from war-torn countries face as they adjust to life in the United States. They must become proficient in English, adopt new customs, and often work part-time through high school to support an extended family. Our scholarship sees the need to recognize “late bloomers,” students who have overcome these barriers and need financial aid to continue their dreams.
Thanks to your support, the scholarship has been an overwhelming success. Our first scholarship recipient, Ater Ater has graduated from the University of Maine and joined the Maine National Guard while he continues to work for the city of Portland. Pacifique Jabiro, a Rwandan refuge, Tonny Kabonye, from Burundi and Liban Hassan from Djibouti are also recent graduates , Evelyn Uwimana, and Jenny Kazadi born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and our most recent 2017 award winner, Lionel Nishimwe from Burundi are actively pursuing their dreams at SMCC thanks to your support of the James Angelo Scholarship.