CFC Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rochester, NY … All 2017 Awardees came to Rochester as refugees or immigrants. The following high school seniors received scholarship awards from Catholic Family Center:

Rohullah Ghulami came to Rochester just two years ago as a refugee from Afghanistan and has progressed so much in those two years. He is graduating early from Gates-Chili High School this August. He was able to advocate for himself with his school’s counseling and administrative offices in order to have educational credits transferred from his schooling back home, and took summer school classes to get ahead. Rohullah has an infectious personality and brings humor to everything he does. Since coming to CFC two years ago as an unaccompanied refugee minor, he has graduated high school, received his driver’s license, purchased a car, and currently works two part-time jobs. Rohullah plans to attend Monroe Community College in the fall to study computer science. He is a great role model for the younger youth in CFC’s program and uses the very little free time he does have to help newcomers.

Murtaza Alizadeh is an Afghan youth who arrived in the United States from Pakistan in April 2013 to be reunified with his older brother. In three short years at Rochester International Academy, he was able to complete all requirements to graduate early. In the meantime, he has already completed his first semester at Monroe Community College pursuing a career in the medical field. Murtaza also works part-time, obtained his driver’s license, was able to purchase a car on his own, and continues to grow more independent and successful. Murtaza has grown tremendously in the time he has been with us; from a soft spoken young boy with very little English to the young man who is respectful and advocates for his needs.

Jeison Munguia Murillo arrived in Rochester from Honduras in 2014. Jeison continues to overcome the challenges faced by immigrant youth, never giving up on his dreams. He will graduate from Edison Career and Technology High School in June, where he’s maintained a High Honors Level GPA. He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and Skills USA. In addition to his educational accomplishments, Jeison uses his own experiences to assist newly arrived CFC program youth, offering encouragement, support, and advice. Jeison is employed at Wegmans and recently passed his driver’s test and purchased his first car. He will start RIT’s highly competitive Graphic Design program this fall as well as the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).

We are incredibly proud of these young men and know they have bright futures ahead of them!


About the scholarships

Margaret O’Leary Memorial Scholarship Award

This fund was established in 1984 to honor one of Catholic Family Center’s most dedicated employees—Margaret O’Leary. Margaret O’Leary worked at CFC for 13 years and was a Preventive Social worker working with CFC’s teenagers and a special friend to many. She was a strong believer in the pursuit of education and independence.

Nancy Carey Memorial Scholarship Award

The purpose of this scholarship is to keep the memory of Nancy Carey alive and keep her good work at Catholic Family Center going. Nancy was a compassionate and caring friend to many. She worked tirelessly with clients in the Preventive program to help them become independent and self-sufficient. She was particularly skilled in working with adolescents. This scholarship is awarded to a youth that models compassion and determination.


About Catholic Family Center: Catholic Family Center is the largest provider of comprehensive family services in the community and serves 32,000 families and individuals each year. A division of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, CFC offers compassionate and comprehensive services to families and individuals in need across all stages of life.

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