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Five RIC Students Receive Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships

From left, RIC President Nancy Carriuolo, Oluwatoyin Drameh, Nazereen Porter, Marieli Torres, Jalaina Gray and Gary Penfield, vice president for student affairs. (Not pictured: Augustus Aboh).

Five Rhode Island College students received $1,000 scholarships at the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Scholarship Breakfast sponsored by the Ministers Alliance of Rhode Island.

Oluwatoyin Drameh, Nazereen Porter, Marieli Torres, Jalaina Gray and Augustus Aboh were nominated for the honor by their churches, which are members of the alliance, said Antoinette Gomes, director of the Unity Center of Rhode Island College.

They were among 27 students who were presented with the scholarships during the 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, which was held on Jan. 21 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Hundreds of people attended the event honoring King's legacy, which includes encouraging young people to pursue a college education.

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo, who was one of the speakers at the event, said King was a role model for students and educators alike.  “He used his education to change the world. His words stirred the hearts and the minds of people of all races,” she said.

Carriuolo also challenged students to improve themselves, as individuals and as scholars, citing one of King's quotes:  “Intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

In addition to Carriuolo and Gomes, other Rhode Island College representatives at the breakfast included Gary Penfield, vice president for student affairs; Anthony Galvez, assistant professor of communication; Donna Huntley-Newby, associate professor of nursing; Elisa Miller, associate professor of history; Marissa Weiss, assistant director of student activities; and Tyler Eason, president of the Iota Phi Theta fraternity.