In celebration of Baltimore City Community College’s recent announcement that it will now be free for all graduating high school students next year, the Refugee Youth Project’s College JUMP (Journey Upward Mentoring Program) wanted to share profiles of four of its seniors who have recently been accepted to BCCC. Thanks to our Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA member, Alexis Logan-Brown, and her team of mentors for helping compile these profiles:

“Amrita Rai is an eighteen-year-old refugee student from Nepal, who attends Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore City, MD. She currently holds a 3.34 GPA, and is an active member of the National Honors Society and Math Club at her school. In future, Amrita aspires to be a nurse.

She wants to use her education in nursing to travel to other poor countries to help citizens through the creation of her own health service programs. Amrita is a very bright student, and with her determination, and perseverance I know she is set to accomplish so much in the future!”

“My name is Kabanga and I’m from Tanzania and I’m 18 years old. I speak Swahili and I also speak little bit of English. I moved here when I was 10 years old and I am one 6 family members. I’m a senior in Patterson high school. After high school I’m going to college. I want to improve my reading because I want to be good reader and I also want to improve my writing. I want to be an actress,
singer, model and photographer.”

“Maung is a very charismatic individual who enjoys doing activities with his friends and helping others in the community. He enjoys playing soccer, and has played for his high school varsity team for three years. Despite leaving his home country, Myanmar, four years ago he has never lost hope for his people back home, and he works every day to be a better image of himself. In college, he wants to pursue a degree in business, with which he plans on helping his home country move away from their issues.”

“Feruz is a senior at Patterson High School and is a refugee from Sudan. She loves art but her real passion falls in helping others. That is why she wants to become a nurse to help people of the world. She is so excited for college and being able to further that dream. No matter where she ends up going she is so thankful for Community Colleges like BCCC that gives the opportunity for all students to succeed.”

More details of the free tuition benefit include:

  • All students from Baltimore City public high schools who graduate will be eligible for free tuition, no matter income or grade-point average.
  • Must live in Baltimore to be eligible.
  • Students can register for any of BCCC’s associate’s degree, certificate or job training programs.
  • The tuition waiver will last for up to three years, if a student needs longer to complete his or her degree.
  • In order to enroll, eligible students must fill out a federal FAFSA financial aid form no later than March 1.
  • Students also need to fill out a formal application with BCCC as well as on the mayor’s website.
  • Coppin State University has said that it would pitch into the program by offering free tuition to any graduate of BCCC.

Congrats to our students – we look forward to seeing where this takes you!