PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Twenty high school seniors from Providence public schools were honored with college scholarships from Brown University’s Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence at an event held at the home of Brown President Christina Paxson on Monday, June 12.
Paxson commended the students for their hard work and perseverance in high school and acknowledged that some of them had contended with difficult life experiences, noting that many come from families new to the United States and are the first in their family to attend college. She encouraged them to view those experiences as strengths.
“As you head to college, know that you bring unique talents and perspectives to campus,” Paxson said in addressing the scholarship recipients at the event. “Trust that your life experience will be valued and welcomed. And when you get there, be your remarkable selves.”
Other speakers included Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Doris De Los Santos, executive director of partnership and engagement for Providence schools, who presented the awards. Chris Maher, superintendent of Providence schools, attended along with families, teachers and college counselors of the honorees.
Elorza encouraged students to use their college experience to provide opportunity to others.