LHS’s Viviescas Receives Mentoring Scholarship
ANDOVER -- ALKU and Mass Mentoring Partnership recently awarded the ALKU Scholarship to Lowell resident Julian Viviescas at the annual Cheers to Mentoring event to Julian Viviescas.
The Lowell High School student is ALKU’s fourth recipient of the scholarship. Four years ago, ALKU expanded its outreach within the mentoring community by creating a scholarship directed toward rising Massachusetts high-school seniors who have been positively impacted by a mentor. ALKU has been working in a close partnership with MMP for seven years, dedicating its time to the mentoring cause both externally and internally.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony at the UMass Club in Boston were Jessica Lander, Julian’s mentor and teacher, and ALKU CEO Mark Eldridge. Rebecca Crossley, ALKU’s brand marketing manager, and Kristina Zoto, ALKU’s medical-device account manager presented the scholarship to Julian on behalf of ALKU.
The annual ALKU Scholarship grants the recipient a $20,000 scholarship over the course of four years. This type of support helps the recipients get the education they want when they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity.
“Cheers to Mentoring is one of ALKU’s favorite events,” Crossley said. “It is such an honor to be able to award a young individual who has, in just four short years, made such an immediate impact to his community. Julian Viviescas is an exceptional young man with high aspirations which I am excited to see him surpass with this scholarship.”
Julian and his father, German, moved to the United States from Colombia for more opportunity. The transition to a new country, culture and language were tough, but Julian was dedicated to learning and being able to contribute to his new community. Since arriving in the United States, Julian has become fluent in reading, writing and understanding the English language. In addition, with his passion for journalism, he has published a book with his classmates called “Achieving Equality.” He has also led a citywide gun-buyback program, served on a national leadership board of emerging youth leaders to advocate for action-based civic education, and speaks publicly at conferences across the nation on the importance of civic education.