Master’s student Francheska Santos was named the 2018 Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholar, which includes a full-tuition award. Santos is from the Bronx in New York City, is a 2015 graduate of Amherst College and began the Urban Education Policy in June.
During her time at college at Amherst, she worked as an America Reads Tutor for Girls Inc. of Holyoke, a driving force behind her decision to pursue education as a career.
After graduating, she was hired as an Education Fellow for BridgeUP, an after-school academic enrichment and college prep program for high school students through the New York Public Library.
“My students at BridgeUP inspired me to continue pursuing ways to be a better advocate for them, for students like them, students like the girls from Girls Inc., and for students like myself, who come from places where getting a comprehensive quality education is the exception, not the norm," says Santos.
The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University established the permanent annual scholarship in 2012 for a UEP student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to education equity and social justice.