Student at Boston Community Leadership Academy Awarded $20,000 ALKU Scholarship Alongside Mass Mentoring Partnership

Photo of Rachel and Garshae

BOSTON – Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding quality youth mentoring in Massachusetts, has announced that Garshae Mowatt-Mckenzie, a student at Boston Community Leadership Academy, is the recipient of the 2019 ALKU Scholarship. The $20,000 award, payable over four years, is given to a rising high school senior who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. The recipient must have benefitted from a positive mentoring experience with an adult, be involved in their community, have shown leadership in school and outside activities, and demonstrate financial need.

This is the fifth year in a row that ALKU and Mass Mentoring Partnership have awarded this educational scholarship. This scholarship was created by ALKU founder and CEO Mark Eldridge, who is also a member of MMP’s Governing Board. According to Eldridge, it was both difficult and easy to choose Mowatt-Mckenzie for the scholarship. “We received many applications from outstanding students who have overcome extraordinary challenges in their lives,” Eldridge said. “The ALKU Scholarship committee was inspired by Garshae’s story. She is extremely bright and determined, and her relationship with her mentor has had an enormous impact on her life and opened her eyes to what is possible. It is exactly what we hope will happen with every student in a mentoring relationship.”

“We are very grateful to Mark and the ALKU team for their deep and heartfelt commitment to supporting young people across the state,” said Lily Mendez, Mass Mentoring Partnership’s President and CEO. “Garshae’s story reminds us of the powerful impact mentors can have,” Mendez said. “Every young person needs and deserves a mentor who is consistent, enduring, and supportive. Garshae was so fortunate to find that in her mentor, and our goal is to ensure that every young person in Massachusetts has that same opportunity.”

Mowatt-Mckenzie (in photo on the right) was matched with Rachel Weidenfeld (in photo on the left) from Big Sisters/Little Sisters Association of Greater Boston eight years ago, when she was in fourth grade.Weidenfeld, the  Director of Community Health and Education at Justice Resource Institute, said that meeting Mowatt-Mckenzie was one of the highlights of her life.  Mowatt-Mckenzie credits her mentor with inspiring her love of reading and encouraging her to apply herself in school. With Weidenfeld’s support, Mowatt-Mckenzie quickly excelled and proved to herself that she was capable of great things. She has distinguished herself in high school, both through her academics, her success on the Debate Team, and also through her work serving the homeless. She is optimistic about the future and has set her sights on attending college and after that, law school. “The feeling of being new at something, but still giving it your all and coming out victorious, is a feeling I wish to have over and over again,” Mowatt-Mckenzie said.

The ALKU Scholarship will be presented on November 12th at MMP’s annual Cheers to Mentoring event at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.

About Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is committed to ensuring that every young person in the state has access to quality mentoring relationships, regardless of who they are or where they live. MMP is a statewide capacity-building organization that partners with corporate, public, and philanthropic entities to drive critical resources to a network of more than 370 mentoring and youth-serving organizations, representing more than 50,000 young people. www.massmentors.org

About ALKU

Founded in 2008, ALKU is a specialized consulting services firm, focused on deploying highly skilled consulting resources in the areas of ERP, Healthcare Information Technology, Life Sciences, Government Programs, and Information Security. ALKU ranks as one of the fastest growing firms within its industry. Since inception, ALKU has consistently received national recognition for its industry-leading growth, company culture, and success. Learn more about ALKU here: www.alku.com

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For more information | Anne Comber | 617-695-2479 | acomber@massmentors.org