Scholar Finds Perfect Match with Her Mentor

Posted on December 7, 2013 under

Sometimes, relationships just click. That’s how it’s been from the start for Alray Scholar and Bunker Hill Community College student Charita Parham (L) and her Alray mentor, Alexa Rentas (R). In the late summer of 2012, when mentoring chair Jack O’Brien introduced them over coffee, the two women instantly hit it off. As Alexa recalls, after a while Jack sensed that the connection between her and Charita was so strong that he excused himself, saying, “I don’t think I’m needed here!” Over their last year-plus working together, their connection has only grown stronger, to the point where they now sometimes finish each other’s sentences.

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Alray Scholar Teresa Pina Joins Cape Verde National Women’s Basketball Team

Posted on September 6, 2013 under


Congratulations to Alray Scholar Teresa Pina who capped her recent achievement of earning her UMASS degree by making the Cape Verde women’s basketball national team to represent her family’s homeland in the international AfroBasket tournament. Fantastic news!

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Alray Scholar Elizabeth Cabrera Joins the Class of 2012

Posted on August 2, 2013 under

Congrats to Alray Scholar Elizabeth Cabrera, who earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Fall 2012. Here she celebrates with family after being awarded her degree. She is now enrolled in graduate school, studying education. (Photo by Olivia Siegel)

Elizabeth Cabrera was born in the Dominican Republic and went to middle and high school in Boston. She began studying law at a university in San Domingo, but after a few false starts, Liz found herself back in Massachusetts. With her education on hold, she needed to find a job and begin a new life. Eventually, she was able to enroll at Bay State College and earned her Associate’s degree in Computer Science. In 2006, Liz began pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in psychology.

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