Our Scholars

At our core, we are in the business of reimagining futures – for the youth we serve, for their families, and for the broader community.  The Scholars selected by New Futures have overcome many obstacles to obtain a GED or high school diploma. With the help of New Futures, they are able to pursue their dreams of completing their post-secondary education programs and stepping into rewarding careers. Here are some of their remarkable stories.

Phung, Spring 2015
Accounting, University of the District of Columbia

After Phung and her family moved to the U.S. from Vietnam, Phung enrolled in the Next Step Public Charter School where she learned English and earned her GED. She used her first New Futures scholarship to earn her associate’s degree in accounting at UDC-CC, where she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Phung is committed to excellence so that she can succeed in not only helping her own family but those who are less fortunate. She will use her second New Futures scholarship to continue her studies in accounting and pursue a career as an accountant.


Octave, Spring 2015

Life Science, University of the District of Columbia Community College


When Octave and his family arrived in the U.S. from the Central African Republic, struggling to make ends meet soon became the norm. He knew that he would have to work hard to obtain scholarships to achieve his dream of attending college. He took academically rigorous classes in high school and graduated in the top ten of his class. Octave also took advantage of many volunteer opportunities and in this way got to work as a health educator. It was this work that inspired him to become a biomedical engineer.

Nathnael, Spring 2015
Computer Science, University of the District of Columbia Community College

In January 2013, Nathnael came to the U.S from his home country of Ethopia, with the hope of creating a better life for his family. After he secured an entry-level job with the support of Jubilee Jobs, he set his sights on furthering his education. With a background in computers, he aspires to become a junior software developer. He plans to become certified in A+ COMP TIA and Security+ and he will use his New Futures scholarship to obtain his associate’s in computer science.

Mariama, Spring 2015
Nursing, Montgomery College


Along with her family, Mariama came to the U.S. six years ago from their country of Cameroon without knowing English. Despite the challenges, Mariama adapted well and experienced academic success in high school. Mariama’s mother is a nurse and she has inspired Mariama to also become a nurse. Mariama applied for an internship at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, a senior living residence, in order to gain first-hand experience. Her supervisor raved about her performance and said that Mariama was “phenomenal.”

Yanna, Spring 2015
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Howard Community College

While attending community college with her first New Futures scholarship, Yanna made the difficult decision to shift from pursuing a career in physical therapy to one in diagnostic medical sonography. She researched the career and believes it would be a great match for her. An immigrant from Brazil, Yanna was on the dean’s list throughout her time at Howard Community College. One of her professors wrote, “I have got to know Yanna very well as a result of her active class participation. I know she has worked very hard to get where she is and it is obvious that she has no intention of slowing down. She is a positive individual who believes, demonstrates every day, that hard work pays off.”