The incoming Brennan Scholars met the previous year's cohort during a meet-and-greet in September.

The second group of Lois Lyon Brennan Scholars arrived on Monteagle Ridge for the fall semester and has been busy learning the ins and outs of Niagara University, guided by the mentorship of the previous year’s scholars.

Supported by a gift from NU alumnus Edward J. Brennan, ’78, a global business leader and humanitarian, and his wife, Deborah Brennan, the Brennan Scholars program enables talented, high-achieving students from under-resourced communities the opportunity to attend Niagara and access its transformational education. Niagara's Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement coordinates the program.

The scholars will participate in high-impact practices, including study-abroad and community service, that will elevate their engagement with the campus, enhance their leadership skills, and increase their global awareness, creating a path to both graduation and career success.

This year’s class includes:

Martha Beltran and Elijah Delgado, graduates of East High School in Rochester, N.Y. Martha will be studying nursing, and Elijah is majoring in business.

Mehgan Burke, a graduate of Cheektowaga Central High School, who will be studying psychology.          

Marland Garcia, a graduate of Leonardo da Vinci High School in Buffalo, N.Y., who will be studying marketing.     

Parcia Migisha, a graduate of Middle Early College High School in Buffalo, N.Y., who will be studying computer and information sciences.    

Zinat Mohammadi, a graduate of East Syracuse-Minoa Central High School, who will be studying biology.

Kalia Portugues-Castillo, a graduate of Niagara Falls High School, who will be studying nursing.

Khintway Ye, a graduate of William Nottingham High School in Syracuse, N.Y., who will be studying nursing.


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