Catholic Family Center at its annual meeting Wednesday awarded college scholarships to two unaccompanied refugee minors who will graduate from the Rochester City School District this week.
Destalem Lemlem came to the U.S. as a refugee from Eritrea in 2014. He had a seventh-grade education and did not speak English. In his four years in the U.S., Lemlem has been selected as a Black Scholar through Urban League of Rochester, was inducted as a member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars and this year was awarded perfect attendance honors.
Khadija Muhammadi arrived in Rochester in 2015 as a refugee from Afghanistan. She is described as determined and humble. Muhammadi is a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year Award for Monroe County in 2017. She volunteers at Rochester General Hospital and a library and plans to pursue a degree in the medical field.
The Nancy Carey Memorial Scholarship is awarded to youths who model the same compassion and determination of Nancy Carey, a former CFC staff member who was skilled in working with adolescents and who worked with clients in the Preventive program to help them become independent and self-sufficient. CFC does not disclose the dollar amount of the scholarships.
“The Nancy Carey Scholarship is awarded to youths that model compassion and determination,” CFC President and CEO Marlene Bessette said. “Both of these young adults came to the U.S. as unaccompanied refugee minors and we are so proud of their work and achievements and grateful to the foster families who offered them refuge and love.”
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