Hope Scholar, Moses Nicolau, Says Scholarship Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time

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“Because of this scholarship, the stress has been lifted. I can now focus completely on school,” says Nicolau.

RIC Senior, Moses Nicolau, Reflects on How the Hope Scholarship Has Impacted Him:

“Up until now, I’ve been paying for my tuition myself because I didn’t want to burden my parents,” says Moses Nicolau, who is earning his K-12 certification in art education. “My parents are already paying for my younger sister who is in her freshman year at URI. My older brother, who is in the School of Pharmacy at URI, has loans on top of loans. And even I took out loans my first few semesters at RIC. After that, I started working 15 to 20 hours a week, and my check would go straight to RIC. There was never any money left over. 

“When I heard that the Hope Scholarship was being offered, I thought it was too good to be true. I started checking the website daily to see when I could apply. I was so nervous because I didn’t know if there’d be some kind of cap on the number of people who could apply or if they’d only pick a select few. I’d check the website sometimes twice a day.

“As soon as I got the email saying I qualified for the Hope Scholarship, I thought, “Oh my God, I can now afford college without the stress of working long hours.” It couldn’t have come at a better time. I start student teaching next semester, and it’s recommended that you only work once a week, at the most.

“Because of the Hope Scholarship, the stress has been lifted. I can now focus completely on school.”

Learn more on the Hope Scholarship website.

Hear testimonials from other students: Ariel Polanco, Remi Salako, Olivia Lancellotta, Tytain Sun and Jacqueline Carroll.