SCHOLARSHIPS

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HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Scholarships award amounts vary each year and are dependent on the generosity of our Greater Cincinnati community. Scholarship awards can be used at any accredited public, private, technical college or university in the United States. The goal is to support refugee students on a pathway to finding meaningful careers as contributing members of our community.

APPLY NOW

Applications open now.

Awards decided in Summer, given in Fall each year.

REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY:

  • Have US refugee, asylee, or SIV status.

  • Reside in Greater Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky.

  • Plan to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university in the United States.

  • There are no age restrictions on this application, all refugees pursing higher education are encouraged to apply, including high school seniors, high school graduates, and GED earners.

 

PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

GUSTEL BAMANABIO

University: United States Naval Academy 

Major: Electrical Engineering

Gustel Bamanabio received a RefugeeConnect Scholarship in 2017.  Currently, he is attending the United States Naval Academy and is majoring in Electrical Engineering. He has  a minimum obligation of serving five years of active duty in either the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps as a commissioned officer after graduating. He plans on serving in the Navy. He has not decided on what he wants to do after his five year service, he may or may not continue serving in the Navy.

 

As a low ranking naval officers (also called a Midshipman), Gustel says finding time to engage in extra-curricular activities can be a challenge. Being a Midshipman is a very demanding job, but outside of military training and academics, he is also a team manager for the Naval Academy’s Men’s Basketball Team, as well as a Section Leader for the Naval Academy Gospel Choir. He also volunteers with the Naval Academy STEM Outreach Program.

BUTOYI FABIOLA

University: Ohio Christian University

Major: Business Management

Butoyi Fabiola is a Business Management major at Ohio Christian University. She received a RefugeeConnect Scholarship in 2017. She is in her second year at OCU and plans after graduation to go back to Empire Beauty school to get her Cosmetology Certificate. She plans to start her own business and hair salon some day.

 

She is currently enrolled at OCU as a full time student, works in the athletics department as a custodian and as a game attendant. Her hobbies include braiding and styling hair--she loves this because it makes people happy. She works very hard to make her dreams and goals come true.

BAWI HNIANG UK

University: University of Cincinnati 

Major: Business Management

Bawi Hniang Uk received a RefugeeConnect Scholarship in 2018. He is currently attending the University of Cincinnati as a second year Business Management major. His ultimate goal is to manage a small private company. In addition to attending college he coaches soccer and helps his parents manage their sushi business. 

RAM THA LAM (GRACE)

University: Christ College of Nursing and Health Science

Major: Healthcare Administration

Grace received a RefugeeConnect scholarship in 2018 and just graduated with her Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration at Christ College of Nursing and Health Science. She resides in Northern Kentucky and volunteers as the Vice President of Kentucky Chin Youth Organization, one of the church youth leaders, and in teaching Sunday school for kids weekly. 

She came to United States in 2008. The picture above shows one of the best days of her life. She graduated with her favorite bible verse on her cap and in traditional Chin attire.  

ALBERT KALALA

University: University of Cincinnati 

Major: Sports Administration

Albert Kalala received a RefugeeConnect Scholarship in 2018.  Currently, he is on the track and field team at University of Cincinnati. He is majoring in Sport Administration and he wants to work in college athletics after graduation.

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AYITSEWOU KOFFI MENSAH

University: Cincinnati State

Major: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Ayitsewou Koffi Mensah received a RefugeeConnect Scholarship in 2018. Previously, ​he earned a Master's in Sociology and a Master's in Health Service Management at University of Lome in Togo. He is currently attending Cincinnati State with the goal of earning a Licensed Practical Nurse degree and is studying to take the board of nursing assessment.

 

After graduation, he plans on being either a medical interpreter or a registered nurse. He currently works as a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and enjoys playing soccer and volleyball in his free time.

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Nizigiyimana Alex

University: The University of Cincinnati

Major: Human Resource and Organizational Leadership

Alex received a RefugeeConnect Scholarship in 2016 and 2018. He is a current student at the University of Cincinnati and is majoring in Human Resource and Organizational Leadership. His goal is to work in the field of Human resources upon graduation.

 

In addition to being a student, Alex works for the Alumni Association, at the Gen-1 House on campus, interns at Enable Injection and is also a UC cheerleader.

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PRATIMA SAPKOTA

University: University of Cincinnati

Major: Finance

Pratima Sapkota received a RefugeeConnect scholarship in 2017. She is currently attending the University of Cincinnati and is majoring in Finance. After graduation, she wants to work at a bank or a financial firm.

Honoring Dean Razzak's Memory Through Creating Opportunity

RefugeeConnect established this scholarship to honor the memory of Dean Razzak. Dean’s mother, Alicia Kappers is a founding board member of RefugeeConnect. The family of her husband and Dean's father, Ziad Razzak, were refugees. 

Donations are accepted year-round for the RefugeeConnect Scholarship Fund which furthers our mission to empower local refugee community members to reach their educational and career goals.