Erica Turan of Chelsea is the recipient of North Shore Community College’s Foster Furcolo Scholarship at UMass Boston.

Turan will be graduating this summer from NSCC’s Liberal Arts Transfer program.

This scholarship was established to honor former MA Governor Foster Furcolo, who was instrumental in the creation of the Commonwealth’s community college system. It awards two-year scholarships to UMASS Boston covering tuition and most mandatory fees to one graduate of each public community college in Massachusetts.

To be eligible graduates must: exemplify the success of the community college system in accomplishing the educational mission envisioned by Governor Furcolo; have earned an associate’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5; be a Massachusetts resident; and be a first time, full-time student enrolling for the fall semester immediately following community college graduation.

According to Daniel O’Neill, NSCC Director of Student Support and Advising, “I believe Erica’s story perfectly exemplifies the community college system’s success in fulfilling the educational mission envisioned by Governor Furcolo. As a mother of 3 children, Erica wakes up every day and challenges herself that no matter how difficult it gets, she can still complete her degree whether today, tomorrow or in the future. She has sacrificed to provide for her children and has put herself second for a long time. She is now finally doing something for herself. She is pursuing her degree to have the opportunity to do more for herself and her family.”

O’Neill added, “Erica is among our most outstanding 2023 graduates. Her instructors describe her as a model student who, like the mother she is, is always helping out her classmates. This scholarship will provide her with the financial resources to pursue her dreams. I am certain she will continue to distinguish herself at UMass Boston as she has at North Shore Community College.”

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