Angelis Seguris

A 2020-2021 Phillips Alumni Scholar

   Angelis Seguris (‘25 Wentworth Institute of Technology) could not have imagined all that she would become when she, her mother and brother left her father and other family members behind in the Dominican Republic to create a life in the United States. She faced new schools, a new language, and a new culture in a place where she was suddenly a minority. At the age of nine, she joined the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, forging connections and developing skills that have proven key to her many successes.
   Serving as the four-year President of the Keystone Club, a B&GC program that focuses on three key areas- community service, academic success, and career preparation–Angie’s leadership skills grew exponentially. She helped organize service events, such as clean-up projects in the community and ice cream socials at the Senior Center, activities for younger club members, such as a Lip Sync Battle, and fundraising opportunities to raise money to attend the National B&GC Conferences to network, participate in workshops and bring back new ideas to improve the Salem Club. Angie also held the position of mentor to younger members, and twice she was named Youth of the Year, the Club’s top honor.
   At Salem (MA) High School, Angie drew on those experiences in her role in La Union Latina, a club designed to celebrate the Hispanic culture and to highlight Salem as a diverse and united city. She also demonstrated her concern for recent immigrants by reading the morning announcements in Spanish, so that they wouldn’t feel left out. Academically a high achiever, Angie earned 12 college credits through Salem High School’s Forten Scholars Program, a partnership with Salem State University, where students prepare for future success through college level coursework while still in high school. Angie is grateful for the rigor of those classes as a prelude to college work.
   Angie is a first year student at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she is majoring in Architecture.

PHILLIPS ALUMNI SCHOLAR

The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar. The funds for the Alumni Scholar award(s) come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our alumni.


Ariel Rodriguez

A 2020-2021 Phillips Alumni Scholar

   Ariel Rodriguez (’24 Providence College) gained rare experience in high school as a youth philanthropist through the Greater Worcester Community Fund’s program Youth for Community Improvement (YCI), helping to award grants totaling $50,000 over two years. YCI’s grants are focused on youth achievement, mental health, and support for refugee and immigrant families, with a preference for nonprofits with a history of youth leadership. “We learned a great lesson in consensus building and also grew to look at our community in a different way than any of us had before.” After reviewing the applications and making their selections each year, they were able to meet the grantees. Particularly meaningful was the group’s award to the Nativity School of Worcester, the tuition-free independent middle school for underserved boys that Ariel had attended. “I was astonished that I was able to make an impact on people in the same position I used to be in.”
   Building on that experience, Ariel joined the Worcester Teen Leadership Council, where he helped organize a conference at Worcester’s South High School to develop the youth voice, teach students about philanthropy and encourage working through organizations like YCI. After applying for and receiving both a $1,000 grant and helpful feedback from the global organization Peace First, the group changed their name to Understanding Youth Philanthropy and expanded the scope of their mission. “We decided to become more of an advocacy group that would give presentations to community foundations with philanthropy boards and advocate the importance of youth voices in leadership positions. Due to COVID-19, we had to change how we did that, so we decided to create a video to send to community boards and post on social media.”
   Ariel graduated from Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA, in 2020, and is now a first-year student at Providence College, where he is already quite involved (despite the pandemic) with the Providence Immigrant Rights Coalition, an advocacy group for DACA and first- and second-generation students that focuses on immigration issues. He also participates in OLAS, a Hispanic/Latinx cultural group, and Mentor RI, a mentoring program that matches at-risk youth with adult mentors.

PHILLIPS ALUMNI SCHOLAR

The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar. The funds for the Alumni Scholar award(s) come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our alumni.


Kylee McCumber

A 2020-2021 Phillips Alumni Scholar

   For 10-year old Kylee McCumber it started with a simple question: why did some of her classmates eat breakfast at school? She was shocked to hear that they didn’t have enough to eat at home, but then worried about what they ate over the weekend. And so was born Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, care packages of food to carry children through the weekend. At first, Kylee’s goal was to help ten food-insecure children each week. She funded her initial efforts through yard sales, but the need grew quickly, and her project expanded through online appeals, food drives, “fill-a-truck” events and corporate sponsorships. An official 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, it now provides food to 570 children in the Leominster area. Kylee added drives for school supplies and also now provides meals over holiday breaks and through the summer months. Kylee was a frequent speaker throughout the area, as this program requires strong financial and volunteer community support to succeed.
   What people didn’t know was that Kylee’s own early history was marked by food insecurity. Until her grandmother became her guardian, her addicted mother could not care for her. In 2016, Kylee’s mother died. “As the word spread about her passing, my community, the same community I had sought to help, was very supportive of me. Many people reached out and shared their stories of losing a loved one to addiction.” This inspired Kylee to finally share the full story of Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kids and why the mission is so close to her heart.
   A first-year student at Bentley University now, Kylee is involved in the Women in Business Leadership Program. In her absence, “Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz is still running strong. We have created our “Junior Team,” a group of students in 5th-8th grades, who have learned how to pack the Kare Kits and hold fundraisers. One of the members of the Junior Team, Mia, is filling in as the interim “Kylee” while I am away at college.”
   Kylee McCumber graduated from The Winchendon School, where she received a scholarship for her service to others. As a four-year Service Learning Leader, she led a group that focused on food justice throughout the area. While at Winchendon, she helped earn a grant for $100,000 to partner with Tufts University on a hunger initiative for the elderly, which will be expanded to single-parent homes. Kylee is clearly living the credo that “regardless of your age, if you are passionate about an issue, you can take action and make real change.”

PHILLIPS ALUMNI SCHOLAR

The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar. The funds for the Alumni Scholar award(s) come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our alumni.


Luis Navarro

A 2020-2021 Phillips Alumni Scholar

   Luis Navarro arrived in the United States from Venezuela at the age of 17. Within three months, he was tackling a full course load at North Shore Community College (NSCC), navigating a new language and culture, and working to help support his family. A full plate for some, but not for Luis! A musician, he saw the need for a place for campus musicians to share their knowledge and forge bonds, so he created a Music Club, taking on all of the administrative work needed to create a new entity. With that experience and a growing desire to help others, Luis helped to launch the First-Generation Club, designed to help those students acclimate to NSCC.
   Additionally, Luis served as Chief of Staff of the Student Government Association, primarily liaising with and advising the presidents of campus organizations how to best fulfill their purposes. He was very committed to the TRIO Programs at NSCC, which are designed to assist first generation and low-income students, by recruiting other students and helping with programs. He also served as Vice-President of the Multicultural Society and helped with the mobile market for food-insecure students. Luis received numerous awards at NSCC, including four Distinguished Service Awards and the Lisa Milso Award for service and dedication to the student government.
   Having earned his Associate’s Degree in December 2019, Luis transferred to Suffolk University to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in the multidisciplinary major Political Science, Philosophy and Economics. Now at a four-year college, Luis qualifies for a Phillips Scholarship award. Despite starting Suffolk during a semester truncated due to COVID-19, he is already, of course, involved in campus life. Luis was honored to sing and play the National Anthem on his guitar at the NSCC commencement in May 2020. It is a breathtaking rendition of this patriotic song by one of the country’s newest citizens.

PHILLIPS ALUMNI SCHOLAR

The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar. The funds for the Alumni Scholar award(s) come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our alumni.


Cole Chizmadia

A 2019-2020 Phillips Alumni Scholar

   Cole Chizmadia has always wanted to be a teacher, and this desire to make a difference has influenced his whole life.
   As a volunteer at the preschool of Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, CT, from which he graduated in June 2019, Cole created his own lesson plans, devising activities and creative art projects appropriate to their different age levels. Additionally, he worked at a local elementary school’s after-school program, helping students with their homework and spending quality time with them.
   In other venues, he coached basketball, his other passion besides teaching. He worked with young athletes at the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club, giving back to a place he began to attend as a seven year old. In 2018, he was nominated for Wakeman Youth of the Year for his impressive involvement. Cole also dedicated time on Saturdays to teach basketball to children with special needs and developmental disabilities.
   Given all this, it is no surprise that he has chosen to attend Southern Connecticut State University (’23) in order to major in special needs education. What might be surprising, though, is that Cole received services during much of his school career to overcome a learning disability. “I have had to work twice as hard as all my peers to achieve the same things they have, but it finally all paid off. My disability has shaped me into the person I have become,” says Cole. The memory of countless teachers who helped him to develop the mindset that he could overcome anything feeds his desire to be a special needs teacher.
   At SCSU, he is also excited about working with the club Best Buddies, where college students are matched with children with disabilities. “Overall, I am really happy here. It is a perfect fit for me.”

PHILLIPS ALUMNI SCHOLAR

The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar. The funds for the Alumni Scholar award(s) come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our alumni.


Rosa Brito

A 2019-2020 Phillips Alumni Scholar

   A graduate of Chelsea High School (‘19), Rosa Brito has just started at Clark University in Worcester where the coursework is well-suited for her career goals in the health sciences field. Clark has exceeded her expectations in terms of the friendliness and sense of unity among the students; the numerous clubs offered; the support for students through mentors, peer advisors and tutoring; the Connections transition program for multicultural students; and even the food! “I love this university; I believe I made the best decision to attend Clark,” delights Rosa.
   Worcester is far from the small island of Brava in Cape Verde from which Rosa emigrated to the United States. Despite a late start speaking English, Rosa was an honor roll student at Chelsea High, challenging herself with AP courses and dual enrollment in community college. Very involved with her school community as a class officer, she also tutored, worked at the school store and ran track.
   From 7th grade on, Rosa was a member of REACH, an after-school program supporting Chelsea students. During high school, she served as an Assistant Group Leader and tutor there, working with middle school students. Rosa also served on the REACH youth advisory council.
   In the summers, Rosa worked in the St. Stephens Youth Program, creating science curriculum as a STEM specialist and later as lead counselor. Additionally, Rosa worked 12-20 hours per week with a second job in retail.
   Asked if she has become as involved at Clark as she was in high school, she responded, “I am a part of the Black Student Union, Caribbean African Students Association, and I was elected as my hall representative.” So, yes, she has!

PHILLIPS ALUMNI SCHOLAR

The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar. The funds for the Alumni Scholar award(s) come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our alumni.


Ashley Levesque

A 2018-2019 Phillips Alumni Scholar

2018-2019 Phillips Alumni Scholar (Messiah College ’22) Ashley Levesque graduated from Maine’s Scarborough High School in 2017, where she was active in Key Club, Student Council, and several sports teams. During her junior year of high school, she participated in a mission trip to Nicaragua and there met fellow missionaries who were participating in the World Race Gap Year program: a nine-month international mission trip. She felt herself drawn to follow in their footsteps, “escaping America’s mold in order to pursue the road less traveled.” She said, “As time passed I began to get a deeper urge and ambition to go. Consequently, on September 9th, 2017, I stepped off of American soil onto a plane to Cambodia.” The trip continued to Thailand, Honduras, Guatemala, and Ethiopia. She was teaching English at Buddhist schools, counseling victims of human trafficking, assisting patients at community hospitals, contributing to construction projects, and more.

This experience was deeply faith-confirming for Ashley. In her own words, “Throughout my trip, the thing that got me through the hard times, the good times, and the times where all I wanted was a pair of clean socks, was God’s love. It was in the midst of the scenery around me or the little toddler that gave me a smile and a wave or the widow who washed my feet.”

Since returning to the United States and moving on campus at Messiah College, where she is a member of the field hockey team, Ashley has continued to live a life that is grounded in her faith. “Transitioning from serving God in the bush of Africa to a turf field in America has opened up my eyes to see that I can have a radical impact wherever I go,” Ashley said. “The truth of the matter is that love is all around us and even in us, wherever we find ourselves in the world.”

PHILLIPS ALUMNI SCHOLAR

The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar. The funds for the Alumni Scholar award(s) come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our alumni.


John Khuc

A 2018-2019 Phillips Alumni Scholar

2018-2019 Phillips Alumni Scholar (Wentworth Institute of Technology ’22) John Khuc graduated from the Boston Latin School this past June. He still remembers when he entered the doors: “I was literally a sponge ready to soak in all the new things I could do.” After joining several clubs, he said “I felt like I was a flower blossoming!” Two volunteer organizations, Recycling Club and Wolfpack Volunteers, had an especially strong impact. “It was through volunteering that I developed a deep passion for helping others and creating strong connections with new people.” This inspired John to find volunteering opportunities outside of school, which is how he became involved with Boston Cares. Through Boston Cares, he has done a myriad of services for the community including knitting hats for babies, working in a food pantry, cleaning city streets, distributing food and care packages, and many more.

John also found jobs that were other-oriented, working as a tutor through both the All Dorchester Sports League and the Young People’s Project. “Both jobs allowed me to work with children and it was such a blessing to be able to not only teach them but also provide emotional support whenever they needed it. I was able to work with kids from low-income families which allowed me to relate and create the best experience for them.”

On top of the great causes John contributed to as a volunteer and a tutor, he found time to explore his interest in robotics through the Boston Latin School’s NUTRONS club. His growing love of STEM activities motivated him to choose a college with a strong computer science program.

This fall, John began his college career at Wentworth Institute of Technology, a school where he can major in computer science and continue his professional development through co-ops. He plans to become “an active innovator on the frontier of technological advancements” and to leave behind “a legacy I can come back to and be proud of!”

PHILLIPS ALUMNI SCHOLAR

The Phillips Alumni Scholar Award goes to a new recipient of the scholarship who clearly exemplifies a “sense of other,” strong work ethic, academic strength and commitment to community service that are the hallmarks of the Phillips Scholar. The funds for the Alumni Scholar award(s) come from the generosity of Phillips Scholarship Alumni who donate so that others may have the opportunity to overcome the same financial barriers to education that they found. We are deeply grateful for the support of our alumni.


How to take a screenshot

How do I take a screenshot of information on my computer that needs to be uploaded as a file to my application?

Taking Screenshots

If you have information that is required to complete your application accessible on a website, do not send us the web link. Instead, take a screenshot of the website to upload to your application.

Please be sure that your name or your student ID number, as well as your college name, show on the screenshot. If your screenshot includes the website URL, that will often provide the college name.

How to Take a Screenshot on a PC:

  • The “Print Screen” button may be labeled “Prt Sc”, “Prnt Scrn”, “Print Scrn”, or similar. On most keyboards, the button is usually found next to the “F12″ and “Scroll Lock” keys. On laptop keyboards, you may have to press the “Fn” or “Function” key to access “Print Screen”.
  • Looking at the screen you want to save, hold down the “Alt” key and press “Print Screen”.
  • Open Microsoft Paint. To open Paint, open the Start menu, click on “All Programs,” click on “Accessories,” and click on “Paint” to open it.
  • Right-click on the canvas and select “Paste.” Your screenshot will be pasted onto the canvas.
  • Save the file using “save as” and upload it. Paint will automatically save your file as .PNG, which is fine.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac:

  • To capture the entire desktop, press Command-Shift-3.
  • The screen shot will be automatically saved as a .PNG file on your desktop. Rename the file so that you can easily recognize it (for example, “SARscreen.png” or “FinAid.scrnshot.png” then upload it in the normal manner.

Combining Multiple Files as One

If you have used multiple screenshots to capture a document that you need to upload, you must combine them into one document to upload.

How to Combine Files in Word:

  • Open a new blank Word Document.
  • Click “Insert” and “Picture” and then select the file that you created from a screen shot (or from a photo taken by a smart phone).
  • Insert the first screen shot. Make sure that the information is readable. Then move the cursor below the first screen shot but still on the same page.
  • Click “Insert” and “Pictures” again and navigate to the second file. Insert that file.
  • Do this until all screen shots are in that word document. Save the word document (as .doc or .docx). Even if it is multiple pages, it is still only one file and will upload successfully.

How to Combine Files in Adobe Acrobat:

Many personal computers run Adobe Reader, which does not have the same capabilities as Adobe Acrobat. Make sure you are using Adobe Acrobat to combine files this way.

  • Open Adobe Acrobat.
  • Click on the “Create” button and select “Merge Files into a Single PDF” from the dropdown.
  • A new window will open. Click on the “Add Files” button to browse for the PDF files that you would like to combine. You can select these saved files from your desktop.
  • Use the “Move Up” and “Move Down” buttons to put your PDFs in the correct order. Make sure that “Single PDF” is checked.
  • When you have added all the PDFs you would like to combine and have ordered them correctly, click “Combine Files.” Then Save your new PDF.

How to Combine Files on a Mac using Preview:

  • Open all the PDF documents that you want to combine in Preview.
  • Select each Preview window, then choose View > Thumbnails to open the Thumbnails pane.
  • Select the thumbnails of the pages you want to move. You can press the Shift key or the Command key while clicking each page thumbnail to select multiple thumbnails at once.
  • Drag the thumbnails from one PDF window to the thumbnails pane of the other PDF window. Move your pointer to where you want the pages to appear in the PDF. Release your pointer to move the pages to the location you’ve selected.

Note: When dragging the thumbnail to the top or the bottom of the thumbnail pane, a divider line may appear. To ensure your pages are inserted into the current document, do not drag the thumbnail beyond the divider line.

  • If you need to re-order the pages in a PDF, you can continue to drag and drop the thumbnails of each page in the sidebar of the Preview window. Then Save your new PDF.

How to take a screenshot

How do I take a screenshot of information on my computer that needs to be uploaded as a file to my application?

Taking Screenshots

If you have information that is required to complete your application accessible on a website, do not send us the web link. Instead, take a screenshot of the website to upload to your application.

Please be sure that your name or your student ID number, as well as your college name, show on the screenshot. If your screenshot includes the website URL, that will often provide the college name.

How to Take a Screenshot on a PC:

  • The “Print Screen” button may be labeled “Prt Sc”, “Prnt Scrn”, “Print Scrn”, or similar. On most keyboards, the button is usually found next to the “F12″ and “Scroll Lock” keys. On laptop keyboards, you may have to press the “Fn” or “Function” key to access “Print Screen”.
  • Looking at the screen you want to save, hold down the “Alt” key and press “Print Screen”.
  • Open Microsoft Paint. To open Paint, open the Start menu, click on “All Programs,” click on “Accessories,” and click on “Paint” to open it.
  • Right-click on the canvas and select “Paste.” Your screenshot will be pasted onto the canvas.
  • Save the file using “save as” and upload it. Paint will automatically save your file as .PNG, which is fine.

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac:

  • To capture the entire desktop, press Command-Shift-3.
  • The screen shot will be automatically saved as a .PNG file on your desktop. Rename the file so that you can easily recognize it (for example, “SARscreen.png” or “FinAid.scrnshot.png” then upload it in the normal manner.

Combining Multiple Files as One

If you have used multiple screenshots to capture a document that you need to upload, you must combine them into one document to upload. 

How to Combine Files in Word:

  • Open a new blank Word Document.
  • Click “Insert” and “Picture” and then select the file that you created from a screen shot (or from a photo taken by a smart phone).
  • Insert the first screen shot. Make sure that the information is readable. Then move the cursor below the first screen shot but still on the same page.
  • Click “Insert” and “Pictures” again and navigate to the second file. Insert that file.
  • Do this until all screen shots are in that word document. Save the word document (as .doc or .docx). Even if it is multiple pages, it is still only one file and will upload successfully.

How to Combine Files in Adobe Acrobat:

Many personal computers run Adobe Reader, which does not have the same capabilities as Adobe Acrobat. Make sure you are using Adobe Acrobat to combine files this way.

  • Open Adobe Acrobat.
  • Click on the “Create” button and select “Merge Files into a Single PDF” from the dropdown.
  • A new window will open. Click on the “Add Files” button to browse for the PDF files that you would like to combine. You can select these saved files from your desktop.
  • Use the “Move Up” and “Move Down” buttons to put your PDFs in the correct order. Make sure that “Single PDF” is checked.
  • When you have added all the PDFs you would like to combine and have ordered them correctly, click “Combine Files.” Then Save your new PDF.

How to Combine Files on a Mac using Preview:

  • Open all the PDF documents that you want to combine in Preview.
  • Select each Preview window, then choose View > Thumbnails to open the Thumbnails pane.
  • Select the thumbnails of the pages you want to move. You can press the Shift key or the Command key while clicking each page thumbnail to select multiple thumbnails at once.
  • Drag the thumbnails from one PDF window to the thumbnails pane of the other PDF window. Move your pointer to where you want the pages to appear in the PDF. Release your pointer to move the pages to the location you’ve selected.

Note: When dragging the thumbnail to the top or the bottom of the thumbnail pane, a divider line may appear. To ensure your pages are inserted into the current document, do not drag the thumbnail beyond the divider line.

  • If you need to re-order the pages in a PDF, you can continue to drag and drop the thumbnails of each page in the sidebar of the Preview window. Then Save your new PDF.