Names and News of Past Scholarship Recipients

Past Recipients:

  • 2017: Dorilyn Castillo, Chicopee High School; Mugisha Cutsimpumu, Springfield Central High School; Bridget MacNeill, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Academy
  • 2016: Olivia Kan-Sperling, Northampton High School; Lanre Thomas, Amherst Regional High School
  • 2015: Sajo Jefferson, Amherst Regional High School; Katelyn Parzych, Easthampton High School
  • 2014:  Camila Carpio, Amherst Regional High School; Angela Ononibaku, Amherst Regional High School
  • 2013:  Renee LaFleur, Northampton High School; Karina Linares, Amherst Regional High School
  • 2012:  Tess Domb Sadof, Amherst Regional High School; Emma Sally Martin, Northampton High School
  • 2011:  Emma Ayres, Deqa Farah, Victoria Elena Oliva Rapoport, Amherst Regional High School; Kezia Constant,  Hopkins Academy, Hadley
  • 2010:  Isabella Leo,  Northampton High School;  Stephany Marryshow,  Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, So. Hadley
  • 2009:  Luke Brown, Jesse Ross Silverman,  Northampton High School
  • 2008:  Matteo Mucci, Remy Fernandez-O’Brien,  Amherst Regional High School
  • 2007:  David Poritz, Benjamin Hart,  Amherst Regional High School
  • 2006:  Yamila Irizarry-Gerould,  Northampton High School;  Marlena Fontes,  Amherst Regional High School

News from Scholarship Recipients:

Investing in People

In 2008, the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee awarded Remy Fernandez-O’Brien with one of its social justice scholarships. He then went on to study political science at Brown University, and now serves his local community by working at a community center. Throughout these experiences, he has remained committed to effecting social change, which is one of the qualities that our …

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From Northampton to the Middle East

One of the first recipients of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee social justice scholarships was Yamila Irizarry-Gerould, at the time a senior at Northampton High School. In the seven years since then, Yamila’s passion for social justice has taken her halfway across the world—to the Middle East. On the journey that brought her to the Middle East, Yamila spent …

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Health, Education, and Justice For All

As a high school student, Victoria Rapoport taught English to immigrants, promoted disability rights with Best Buddies, and advocated for human rights with her local Human Rights Commission. When she graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 2011, the Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue Committee awarded Victoria one of its social justice scholarships in recognition of her commitment to social justice and equality. …

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2007 Scholarship Recipient David Poritz Earns Rhodes Scholarship

David Poritz, a resident of Amherst and recipient of the 2007 Sojourner Truth Memorial Scholarship, has earned one of 32 Rhodes Scholarships. He will spend a year earning a Masters degree in global governance and diplomacy at Oxford University. Read more about David and this prestigious honor at

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