Meet Cristian Montañez: Student of the Year and Scholarship Awardee

Some people see obstacles as stumbling blocks … Cristian Montañez sees them as stepping stones. A Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) transfer student aspiring to a political science career, Cristian describes himself as a “lifelong working-class citizen.” He believes that we are most affected by the day-to-day hardships caused by systemic failures. “Broken communities.…

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Mareshah White

Mareshah White, a dedicated student and passionate advocate for social justice andequity, is making a significant impact in her community. Her commitment has earned herthe Melton/McAvay Social Justice and Equity Fellowship.Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mareshah began her academic journeyat Gateway Community College, majoring in Liberal Arts and Sciences. This explorationled her to…

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Meet Future Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Sonia Salay

Spring Class of 2024Major: Nutrition & DieteticsHometown Piura, Peru“From the moment I set foot in this country, leaving Peru behind, I was faced with thechallenge of mastering English. My journey led me to the doors of CT State Gateway. Here, Inot only studied English but also fell in love with the vibrant atmosphere and thesupportive…

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Ezekiel Farombi

For Ezekiel Farombi, a career as a nurse practitioner has long been a dream and a goal. That’sbecause of his love for the medical field, and how heartbroken he gets when he sees people in thehospital with various health challenges waiting endlessly for treatment – especially children andthe elderly.His plan is for his education at…

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Mohamed Alhaji Ngombulango

Mohamed Alhaji Ngombulango “I have been, and will always be, dedicated to bringing changewhere need be.” That is the perspective of Mohamed Alhaji Ngombulango, who emphasizes that“there is a need for more health practitioners in every health sector. I have always had a dream tomake changes to the health sector by being a nurse.”Mohamed, selected…

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Justin Patrick

Meet Justin Patrick, the 2023 recipient of the Thomas and Barbara Griggs Railroad Scholarship.Currently a Geometry Engineer at Amtrak, Justin is dedicated to ensuring the safety of ourNortheast corridor’s tracks while pursuing his degree at Gateway Community College.Justin’s ambition doesn’t stop there. He aspires to return as a mentor, equipped with his gainedknowledge and experience,…

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Latrees Atkinson

Latrees Atkinson has been working in a hospital for 18 years, and readily shares that “nursingtakes patience, compassion, and intuitive and critical thinking. Patients are not only relying on usto take care of them,” she explains, “but to be efficient, follow the health guides, and make themfeel at home.” Through the years, she has seen…

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Sam Osei

When Sam Osei ’06 came to the United States from Ghana to visit his sister, little did he realize he was embarking on a journey to a career he never dreamt possible. He became interested in nursing, helping to care for his terminally ill father. The problem was that in his native land nursing wasn’t viewed as a…

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Bethany Watkins

Bethany Watkins knows firsthand how getting a scholarship can help make someone’s educational dreams come true. That’s how it happened for her when she decided to pursue an associate’s degree after she completed high school, entered the workforce, and started her family. And that’s what attracted her to her first job after she graduated from Gateway Community College—program officer…

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