The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria

Portraits of Success 

Cintya Renderos 2013
Imagine leaving the only home you ever knew to escape from a civil war and arriving in a new home not speaking the language and knowing no one. Cintya Renderos faced this challenge head on, rapidly learning the English language while attending three different elementary schools in Alexandria and figuring out how to navigate in this new culture. Read more...
Wesley Rankin 2013
"An excellent self-starter with a strong work ethic. Quick to grasp new concepts and apply these concepts to solving problems." These phrases were used to describe Wesley Rankin by his high school physics teacher, who went on to predict that Wesley would be successful in pursuing a college degree in science or engineering. Read more...
Sandra Kabagambe 2013
Sandra Kabagambe emigrated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) at the beginning of her junior year of high school. Many things were new – the language, teaching methods, grading system, and the nuances of a new culture. Read more...
Farhana Akhter 2013
"The city of Alexandria, as well as T.C., has given me so much, and I feel that it’s my turn to do something in return." Read more...
Luisa Reyes 2012
Luisa Reyes is a first generation Latina raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Her parents come from Bolivia and El Salvador and have instilled in her the importance of education and strong work ethics. Luisa was awarded the Pan American Health Organization Centennial Scholarship and along with her older brother, Ronald (TC '99, GMU '03), became part of the first-generation of her family to attend college. Read more...
Yaw Opoku-Boakye 2012
"I don't think one truly understands and appreciates the value of the rich diversity and the unique opportunities you have at your disposal at T.C. Williams until you graduate and enter the real world." These words were written by Yaw Opoku-Boakye, a recipient of the T.C. Soccer Boosters Scholarship. And three General Fund renewal awards. Read more...

Arooj Mustafa 2012
Spunk. Determination. A passion to succeed. These are just some of the attributes that have been used to describe Arooj Mustafa, a four-year recipient of the Capital One Financial Corporation Scholarship. Read more...


Kate Martin 2012
Many kids dream of what they will do when they grow up. Very few of them go on to fulfill that dream. Kate Martin, recipient of the Mary Hatwood Futrell Award, is one of those fortunate few. Read more...


Aaron Beck 2012
Self-confident, self-assured and self-motivated, Aaron Beck prepared for college through academic rigor, athletic performance and volunteer efforts both at school and in the community. Aaron received the Aly Khan Johnson/Cross Country, Track and Field Scholarship, which helped him to pursue his studies at Coastal Carolina University in the field of Marine Biology. Read more...


Vincent Hermoso, Ph.D. Cand. 2011
Graduate Student Teacher
"Take Vincent!  He's very funny, cute and sweet. You'll never be bored in his class!"  These enthusiastic comments come from one of Vincent Hermoso's students at George Mason University.  No wonder he was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award as a teaching assistant in Biology. Read more...
Vincent Colvin 2011
Artist
"I have always been a maker of things. I can't stop.  It's too much fun." So says Vincent Colvin, award winning artist. Read more...
Veronica Raugitinane 2011
Physical Therapist
"I always wanted a career where I was not stuck at a desk doing paperwork," observed Veronica Raugitinane.  Veronica's love of sports and interest in health care led to her career in physical therapy. Read more...
Po Soo-Hoo 2011
Maternity Nurse
Described as “hardworking, compassionate, and an inspiration to others”, Po Soo-Hoo always knew she wanted to be a nurse. Read more...
Reka Barton 2011
Kindergarten Teacher
"I want to change the world. And for every student that I teach to read, to be a caring individual, and to enjoy life, I feel as if I succeeded." These are the words of Reka Barton, currently a kindergarten teacher at the Community Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Read more...
Zohra Atmar 2010
Senior Consultant for World Culture
Zohra Atmar’s mother carried her into Pakistan as a baby to escape the conflict in Afghanistan. Read more...
Pongsak (Tony) Tiengtum 2010
Technology “Titan”
Pongsak "Tony" Tiengtum has a talent for recognizing opportunity and seizing it. Read more...
Molly Fitzgerald 2010
Public Health Advisor,
Molly Fitzgerald spends much of her time in the West African crisis and conflict areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone, working to ensure that people have access to primary and preventative health care. Read more...
Deisy Lemus Brangman 2010
Construction Project Manager,
As a child, Deisy Brangman always said, “I am more of a Lego kid, than a Barbie kid”. Read more...
Brandon Alexander 2010
Senior Financial Analyst,
Brandon Alexander is literally a child of the Alexandria City Public Schools. Read more...
Tacheka Monique Bailey 2009
"Dear Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees, Leadership Advisory Council, and the City of Alexandria, thank you very much for the renewal award. Read more...
Marie Bangura 2009
Marie Bangura was the first in her family to pursue higher education. Read more...
Sarah Fulwiler 2009
Few students can recall the exact moment when they decided what they would pursue for a life career. Read more...
Sean Kumar 2009
Sean Kumar is defined by his interest in politics and commitment to civic engagement. Read more...
Bruce Milton 2009

Bruce Milton has lived in and visited many different places, but when asked where he would make his home if he could live anywhere he wanted, he always answers "Alexandria."  "There's no place quite like it!" he says.

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Soraya Yunus 2008
Soraya's life story has been filled with obstacles to which she responded with perseverance, optimism and determination. Read more...
John Silverwood 2008
"Even when I was very young I wanted to help other people and feel like I was making the world a better place... I know I feel great helping other people who are in crisis or who have special needs." Read more...
Jessica Urquiola 2008
"Jessica Urquiola represents the very finest of our students. She is a scholar in very tough classes, a community volunteer with an impressive portfolio of activities, and a leader and instigator of programs for school and community improvement . . . I am in constant awe to see this girl in action." These words from a high school teacher remain true as Jessica continues to focus her extraordinary talent and energy to help others. Read more...
Bryant Wisdom 2008
When asked about the impact that his Scholarship Fund of Alexandria-AFSCME Scholarship had on his life, Bryant Wisdom says, "I felt like the whole city was behind me, and to this day, I refuse to let it down." Read more...
LaToria Giles 2008
LaToria Giles designs beautiful rooms. She is a kitchen and bath designer for Mid South Building in Springfield and oversees residential and commercial Read more...
Anika Buster-Singleton 2007
Anika Buster-Singleton is passionate about teaching. Read more...
Douglas Garcia 2007
Born in San Miguel, El Salvador, Douglas was the youngest of five Garcia brothers who came to the United States in search of opportunity. Read more...
Rangena Hotaki 2007
An M.B.A. candidate at the Harvard Business School, Rangena Hotaki is a true portrait of success. Read more...
Elizabeth Stief O’Shaughnessy 2007
Elizabeth Stief O'Shaughnessy is a pediatric neuropsychologist practicing in the Boston area. Read more...
Henry Wong 2007
At a very young age, Henry Wong knew that he wanted to become a physician. Read more...
Louise Blanc 2006
When Louise Blanc graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Computer Science, she became the first in her family to earn a college degree. Read more...
Kyle Jae Cho 2006
Kyle Choi is a modern renaissance man, equally comfortable in the arts and the sciences. Read more...
Keith Imlay 2006
Keith Imlay bought a house in Alexandria and plans to send his children to ACPS when the time comes. Read more...
Luisa Soaterna 2006
Luisa Soaterna grew up with a strong work ethic and a sense of determination fostered by parents who emigrated to the United States from Colombia. Read more...
Julie Wilmer 2006
Julie Wilmer is a natural teacher and a born leader. Read more...
Karen Carrington 2005
In a recommendation one teacher wrote: "Karen Carrington is an exceptional young woman. Read more...
Devin Faragasso 2005
Devin Faragasso is one of Alexandria's bright young stars. Read more...
Lijah Naomi Smith 2005
Lijah Naomi Smith spent thirteen years in Alexandria City Public Schools, from kindergarten at George Mason to T.C. Williams. Read more...
Edward Wong 2005
The journey that has taken Edward Wong to the embattled streets of Iraq, where he covers the war for The New York Times, began at T.C. Williams, where he first became enamored with great works of literature and the art of writing. Read more...
Kofi Owusu Boakye 2004
Kofi has traveled a long way in a short time - from a little village in the West African country of Ghana, to playing football on the lawn at the University of Virginia, to consulting for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Read more...
Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. 2004
Gregory Hutchings has always given of himself to his community. Read more...
Carla Renee Jones 2004
Upon graduation from T.C. Williams, Carla was appointed conditionally to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Read more...
Kindra Lynn Gromelski Kirkeby 2004
Kindra, who has served as chairman of The Scholarship Fund's Alumni Committee, is committed to helping today's students as The Fund once assisted her. Read more...
Gina Borromeo Constantino 2004
Gina, who was president of both her junior and senior class while at T.C.Williams, majored in math and Spanish at the University of Virginia. Read more...
Elizabeth Johnson 2003
Elizabeth's (Liz) career combines academic and professional interests with a warmth of personality that extends to all.  She is currently serving as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jim Moran. Read more...
Kamilah Lawson 2003
Kamilah Lawson currently teaches English and Journalism at Freedom High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. Read more...
Lisa Perez-Maher 2003
Lisa Perez-Maher left the halls of T.C.Williams in 1990 to venture into the world of visual digital communication, leading her to a position of graphic design and customer service relations at ABC Imaging. Read more...
Sonna Patel 2003
Sonna M. Patel's long list of civic contributions and service to others rivals her academic and professional achievements. Read more...
Rupa M.Patel 2003
Rupa M. Patel earned Master of Science in structural engineering from the University of Virginia, while working as a research assistant in the University' department of civil engineering. Read more...
Patricia E. Campos 2002
Patricia E. Campos is making her mark in the progress of civil rights and diversity. Read more...
Verna Lomax Lange 2002
Verna Lomax Lange has applied her engineering skills to develop manufacturing and mechanical technology around the world. Read more...
Franklin Lomax, JR., Ph.D.
Franklin D. Lomax, Jr., Ph.D., is engaged in developing products that address one of the most pressing issues facing the world-energy alternatives. Read more...
Kate P. Moran 2002
Kate P. Moran has dedicated her life to the education of students who have learning disabilities, mental challenges, and health impairments. Read more...
Sheldon Schanck 2002
Sheldon Schanck is a well-known member of the Alexandria community and The Scholarship Fund. Read more...
Duane White 2002
Duane E. White is contributing to the welfare of his community and to the field of science. Read more...
Amy Douglass Baugus - Tara Douglass Crittenden 2001
The Douglass sisters stand among the many Fund recipients who are helping the community that once helped them. Read more...
Michael Diggins 2001
As a teacher at his alma mater, Michael has become a favorite among students - partially because of his special ability to understand them, where they are coming from, and where they have the potential to go. Read more...
Kelvin Garcia 2001
The goals, dreams, and challenges that are the business of the Scholarship Fund are those not only of the individual student but also of each member of the student’s family. Read more...
Suzanna Kang 2001
For those like Suzanna Kang, help from The Scholarship Fund can mean less worry about debt and more freedom to choose the profession that lets them do the things that they want to do. Read more...
Joseph Ladymon 2001
Joey Ladymon graduated from T.C. Williams with an impressive academic record and outstanding golfing talents. Read more...
Phalana Tiller 2001
Working internationally as an actor and freelance writer, Phalana Tiller leads a fast-paced life that most people only dream about. Read more...