KYTESOL 2022 Scholarship Recipient Bless Lawson
Congratulations to our 2022 scholarship recipient Bless Lawson, who graduated from the ESL Newcomer Academy in Louisville. He is a native of Ghana and came to the US in 2021. His mother and other family members still reside in Ghana. In order to support her, Bless worked after school in addition to being enrolled in an accelerated learning program called Accelerate to Graduate, where he was able to take more than ten classes in one school year, maintaining honor roll status.
Bless plans to enroll at the JCTC, and his goal is to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering Technology. We congratulate this student for his accomplishments and endurance and wish him the best in his post-secondary plans and future endeavors.
KYTESOL 2021 Scholarship Recipient Esther Murebwa
Our 2021 scholarship recipient is Esther Murebwa, who graduated from Waggener High School in Louisville. She is a native of Burundi and has four brothers and sisters. Together with her family, she fled to and was raised in Kenya, but they also lived in the Congo for some time. Her native language is Kinyarwanda. Esther is currently attending Campbellsville University pursuing a major in business administration.
Because of war and violence, Esther witnessed atrocities, endured horrible events, and saw family members getting killed. Finally, a group of people helped the family apply as refugees to come to the US. However, it took about six years for them to arrive in North Dakota, where she attended high school as a freshman. Then they moved to Louisville, and Esther was enrolled at Eastern High School in her sophomore year. She finally completed her high school education at Waggener High School.
Esther worked closely with Southeast Christian Church throughout her high school years and helped take care of her younger siblings and cousins. She also found the time to tutor other young people from her community.
We congratulate Esther for her accomplishments and endurance and wish her the best and much success in her university studies and future endeavors.
KYTESOL 2020 Scholarship Recipient Nasra Sherif
Meet one of our two 2020 KYTESOL scholarship recipients, Nasra Sherif, from Somalia. Due to the war in that country, she and her family had to flee to Ethiopia where they lived for about ten years. With the help of the WRO (World Relief Organization), they were resettled to the United States.
In adapting to her new country, Nasra showed patience, discipline, the ability to learn new skills, and practiced her leadership skills as well as excelled in volunteering at many places such as the Kentucky Science Center, Bowman Field, the Islamic Center, Whitney Young Elementary, and homeless shelters.
Her diverse goals for her future include becoming a Physician’s Assistant or even a commercial pilot, since planes have fascinated her since her childhood. Nasra has been accepted by Eastern Kentucky University and we wish her much success in reaching her goals.
KYTESOL 2020 Scholarship Recipient Daylen Alberti Naranjo
Meet our 2020 KYTESOL scholarship winner Daylen Alberti Naranjo from Holguin, Cuba. Already during her elementary and middle school years she showed leadership skills by being classroom president every year. Like many other ESL students, she initially struggled to adapt to her new surroundings, the new culture, and the new language in the United States. The ESL Program at the Newcomer Academy in Louisville provided a transition for her to be successfully enrolled in a regular high school.
During her high school years, Daylen received many awards and remained on the honor roll with a perfect GPA. This student also participated in community service activities, such as being part of the Adelante College Corps which prepares Hispanic teenagers for college. In the classrooms settings, she assisted teachers and students alike and dedicated much of her time to peer tutoring.
Daylen’s goals for the future are to get a job to help support her family, to study Spanish, and to become a nurse. Bellarmine University has offered her an institutional award which will help her to fulfill her dreams. We wish her much success in any of her endeavors.
KYTESOL 2019 Scholarship Recipient Tram Ngoc Bao Nguyen
We are pleased to announce our 2019 KYTESOL Scholarship recipient, Tram Ngoc Bao Nguyen. Tram is a graduating senior at Fairdale High School in Louisville and has already enrolled at the University of Louisville where she plans to explore different majors.
This student spent the first 16 years of her life in Vietnam and moved to the U.S. three years ago. Her first school in Louisville was the ESL Newcomer Academy from where she transferred to Fairdale HS. Through her hard work, determination to succeed, and family support, she very quickly improved her English language skills, became an honor student, and maintained a high academic GPA.
Tram's different volunteer activities helped her to grow personally and improve her social skills. She loves to fulfill the needs of her community, is interested in cultural events and diversity. One of her teachers describes her as "superbly disciplined, focused, goal-oriented, a very responsible person, who is determined to succeed in an academic field.
We extend our congratulations to this well-rounded young lady and wish her success and the best for her future.
KYTESOL Scholarship Recipient Mehwish Zaminkhan
Mehwish grew up in Pakistan where she lived with her grandmother for most of her young life. Her parents were not able to see her caused by restrictions imposed by the Taliban. Then in 2012, Taliban members came to her area to prohibit and prevent girls from attending schools and force them to get married. At that time in a school nearby, the Nobel Prize winner Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. Fearing for her life, Mehwish undertook a harrowing escape through a Taliban controlled area to gain freedom and the opportunity to continue her education.
In 2014, Mehwish and her family arrived in the US, where she attended Iroquois High School in Louisville. She was actively enrolled in different clubs and activities at school and became the president of the student council. Furthermore, she was also elected to be the senior class president.
During the 2017-2018 school year, Mehwish was chosen to participate as a young author in the Louisville Story Program, in which she and a few other writers have been developing a book about their lives and their communities.
Being the oldest of four children, she assists her parents in taking care of them at home and as the only driver in the family, she also drives her parents and siblings to appointments, shopping, sports games, and other places.
Mehwesh is enrolled for the fall semester at the University of Louisville where she is starting her journey as a pre-med student. We wish this bright, courageous, and dedicated student the best for her future.