Julio Hernandez ’17, scholarship recipient,
“I am the oldest of four children in my family—without this scholarship, I would be unable to attend UMass Lowell. Thank you for supporting me in my goal of becoming a computer programmer or software engineer. It wouldn’t be possible without this financial support."
Nandana Penukonda ’16, scholarship recipient, “My father is the sole provider in our household and struggles to pay college tuition for both my sister and I. Though we have learned to adapt by cutting spending wherever possible, financing two college degrees is still very difficult. Through this scholarship, the burden on my family is greatly reduced—I can continue with the volunteer work I love while achieving my goal of earning both my CPA and MBA.”
Jonathan Hartunian ’13, scholarship recipient, “I am a math teacher who coaches sports, has been very involved with our union, and who has taken on leadership responsibilities at my school. I am now working toward an education specialist degree in academic administration—receiving this scholarship has given me much-needed financial relief and a new sense of purpose and energy.”
David DeLuca ’16, scholarship recipient, “This scholarship award reinforces my faith in myself and my ability to become a skilled registered nurse with a compassionate approach. I feel fortunate to be part of the College of Health Sciences, an environment filled with passion, positive attitudes and collaborative learning. Thank you for supporting me as I gain the foundation and work ethic that will one day translate into me attending to the medical needs of others.”
Janice Lane ’15, scholarship recipient, “College has not been easy to afford, especially when sharing the cost between two siblings. I knew after my first chemistry course that I wanted to be a chemical engineer. After I finish my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, I hope to continue on to graduate school here in the plastics engineering program. This scholarship makes this possible and brings me one step closer to achieving my goals.”
Jerry Colella ’78, president and CEO of MKS Instruments Inc., philanthropist, “We’re comfortable now, and the education I got at the university, it had a lot to do with that. I learned discipline there; I learned communication skills, I learned how to learn. Those lessons are worth something. So this is a way to show our gratitude—so that someone else won’t have to struggle quite as hard.” Jerry Colella and his wife Joyce ’77 are generous supporters of the university.
John Pulichino ’67, chief executive officer of Group III International Ltd., philanthropist, “The biggest reward will be to see deserving students graduate from the business school with the assistance of our scholarship fund.” John Pulichino and his wife Joy Tong are generous supporters of the university—the new business building will be named in their honor.
Alexa Lambert ’16, scholarship recipient, “I am majoring in both English and psychology and minoring in disability studies. I plan to combine my skills from all three programs to someday use theatre arts as a therapy for individuals with disabilities. My brother has autism and type 1 diabetes, and growing up with him has opened my eyes to that brave and gifted community. This scholarship will help me pay for the supplies I need to continue to make my time here as educational and worthwhile as possible.”