RI MAGIC SCHOLARSHIP
In 2023, Rhode Island Magic started a scholarship to benefit underserved youth who are first-generation college students. The Spring and Fall Magic Classic Tournaments help to fund the scholarship. The director of the Rhode Island Magic, David Tedeschi honors students from his former work place, Dr. Jorge J Alvarez High School in Providence, RI, where he was a school counselor for 11 years.
Jonas has been a stellar student and model citizen at Dr. Jorge Alvarez HS. He ranked number 4 in his graduating class with a GPA of 93.38. He is in school every day and has an incredible work ethic. Jonas is intrinsically motivated, curious about the world around him and wants to share his knowledge with others. Arriving in the US at the start of grade 9 with limited English, he was able to exit the ELL program in one year, achieving mastery and demonstrating fluency in 9 months. Jonas continued to excel in his coursework, and due to his grades, work ethic and the recommendation of his teachers, Jonas was able to enroll in two AP courses his junior year and two additional courses his senior year: US History, Computer Science Principles, Psychology, and Computer Science. Jonas received the Global Seal of Biliteracy for functional fluency in English & Spanish. During his 4 years of high school Jonas participated in a variety of extra-curricular activities. He received the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Award and spent a week with his peers growing into an effective community leader. He also attended the AI Boot Camp hosted by the Mark Cuban Foundation where he learned about artificial intelligence. Lastly, he participated in the One Gun Gone Foundation where he learned skills such as welding and cutting metal to create artistic sculpture out of disabled guns in effort to protest against street violence. Jonas is able to accomplish anything he sets his mind to and brings the best out of those around him. Jonas will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall of 2023.
Juliet and her mother immigrated to the United States during her junior year. Her academic success is commendable, as she was able to maintain a straight A’s all 4 years in high school and she received the Global Seal of Biliteracy for functional fluency in English & Spanish. Juliet was an important part of the Alvarez Student Government Association planning events for and creating change throughout the school. She served as an Alvarez Ambassador volunteering to tour new students who enroll at Alvarez. Juliet has demonstrated great ability to adapt to and exceed expectations despite her early language challenges. Juliet embodies the term “practice kindness”. She is warm and caring both in her outlook, and with her peers and faculty. She spreads joy daily-a quality that will serve her well in every aspect of life. Juliet will attend Roger Williams University in the fall of 2023.