2019 Suzannah Blackwell Scholarship Recipients

There were 32 highly qualified applicants for our scholarships and it was heart-warming to know that we have such outstanding students entering college in the fall!  We are proud to announce our Suzannah Blackwell Scholarship recipients for this year. The following students will each receive $500 towards his/her post-secondary education. On behalf of ESL/ESOL teachers in the Carolinas, we wish all of our applicants a successful college career!

Claudia Ramirez

Graduate of Kershaw County School District in SC.

My name is Claudia Ramirez, daughter of Gabriel and Natalia Ramirez. I am from Bethune, South Carolina. I will be graduating from North Central High School on June 1. I am planning to go to Coker University in the fall. I will be majoring in paralegal. After graduating from Coker University, I will be attending Law of Charleston to become a Immigration Lawyer. Hopefully, I will pursue my dreams and change the community around us. 

Hanam Kim


Graduate of Anderson 5 District in SC

My name is Hanam Kim, and I am originally from South Korea. Although I was formerly identified as an ESOL student, I have always challenged myself to take higher level courses in all subject areas, including English. Throughout my high school career, I have been involved in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Government, and varsity soccer team. Outside of school, I played club soccer and volunteered regularly at the Greer Soup Kitchen. As I further my education in college, I will major in computer science and will continue to challenge myself with rigorous coursework. I am very grateful to be awarded this scholarship, and I thank every one of my teachers for their support. He plans to attend Vassar College in the fall.

Nolwenn Thao

Graduate of Stanly County Schools in NC

Overcoming the language barrier and balancing between Hmong and English was a challenge. However, it was just one of the first stepping stones. As I graduate from Stanly Early College and continue my studies at UNC Greensboro, there are going to be more barriers that I have to overcome. Education has always been a key factor in my family’s life. I am a first-generation college student that strives to make my parents and family proud of my accomplishments in the future. All the way from St. Paul, Minnesota to Albemarle, North Carolina, I landed in a little town that shaped me to become strong and independent. 

Maria Avila Moreno

Graduate of Cumberland County Schools in NC

(Paraphrased note from her teacher):

On different occasions, Maria has shown great flexibility and tolerance to handle many problems and typically generates multiple solutions to resolve a single problem.  She believes that there's nothing impossible and it's our duty to make it possible. When not helping take care of her family, Maria enjoys spending some time reading. She plans to attend Chowan University.

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - Aristotle

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