Emely and Evelyn Nunez were given a surprise visit this morning by the President of Regis College, Antoinette M. Hays, who presented both sisters with the Presidential Scholarship, a full tuition award based on their academic and leadership accomplishments. Ms. Hays noted in her comments that it is unusual to give two scholarship awards to one Catholic high school, but the girl’s resumes were both so impressive they couldn’t choose, and decided to award them both full tuition.
With their mother, father and little brother watching the ceremony, it was an emotional moment for everyone. Mr. Nunez spoke of the sacrifices made along the way, but noted it was all worth it, and that to his mind, the American dream was still alive. Noting that his daughters had both worked incredibly hard to achieve academic success, he was extremely pleased that their work ethic had been rewarded. The full tuition scholarships mean that a giant financial burden has been lifted.
Emely, a top student at Cristo Rey Boston High School, is a member of National Honor Society. As part of her Corporate Work Study requirement at Cristo Rey Boston High School, Emely has worked at Sullivan and McLaughlin for the past four years and is thinking about a major in business or pre-law. She enjoys playing basketball on the Cristo Rey girls basketball team, volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, and distributing lunches for the homeless as part of her Cristo Rey Boston Advisory Group activity.
Evelyn, also a top student, is a member of National Honor Society, and plays basketball and softball at Cristo Rey Boston. Like Emely, she also volunteers her time at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester and distributes food to the homeless as part of her Advisory Group. Evelyn’s freshman Corporate Work Study placement was at The United Way, and she continues to volunteer there as well. It was at the United Way that she realized her desire to help people and is thinking about a career in the law or medicine. For the past three years, Evelyn has been working at O’Neill and Associates. She credits her job at O’Neill with helping her reach her full potential because each time she became comfortable in a job, they challenged her to learn a new skill. Through them, she became much more aware of her capabilities, and took that awareness into the classroom as well.
Both girls credit their corporate work study experiences as being transformative, and noted that it was wonderful to have additional advocates in their lives. They also spoke extensively about the supportive community of Cristo Rey Boston High School, where everyone on the staff and faculty is fully vested in their success. We look forward to seeing where these two talented young women end up professionally and wish them continued success in their journey.