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Alliance Honors Refugee Students Friday With Stars Among Us Scholarships

The Alliance for Multicultural Community Services will awarded $13,000 in scholarships to sixteen outstanding refugee students on Friday, August 17.

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 Honorable Ed Gonzales, Mayor Pro Tem of the Houston City Council, will give remarks at the event.

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 five middle school graduates will receive a $400 scholarship. The three high school graduates going on to college and eight current college students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Since 2001, the Alliance has awarded $152,400 to 160 students from refugee families from eighteen countries.

The 2012 Stars Among Us scholarship winners are:

Middle School Graduates

Mr. Solomon Fiseha Eritrea Las Americas Middle School

Ms. Shekinah Kahongo Dem. Rep. of Congo Las Americas Middle School

Ms. Alphonsine Koteidje Chad Las Americas Middle School

Ms. Kesiya Lwabanya Dem. Rep. of Congo Las Americas Middle School

Mr. Meron Woldegebrial Eritrea Las Americas Middle School

High School Graduates

Ms. Sandra Betoula Dem. Rep. of Congo Lee High School

Mr. Bijay Gurung Bhutan Westbury High School

Ms. Rai Roshani Bhutan Westbury High School

College Students (3rd Year)

Ms. Randa Alraimi Yemen Houston Community College

Ms. Rose Ndebee Nigeria Texas Southern University

Mr. Q. Minh Nguyen Vietnam University of Texas at Austin

Ms. Zinah Rasheed Iraq University of Houston

College Students (4th Year)

Ms. Riam Abdulwahed Iraq University of Houston

Ms. Haneen Al Rawi Iraq University of Houston

Ms. Eden K. Tsada Ethiopia Texas Lutheran University

Ms. Feven K. Tsada Ethiopia Houston Community College

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.

Sue Davis

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