Student Success Stories - Meet Our #GivingTuesday Scholars

Nicodeme Ekani, Future Doctor

Nicodeme came to the U.S. from Cameroon in 2013 to pursue his educational dream. Since he was a young man, Nicodeme’s dream has been to become a doctor and help people. This Carlos Rosario School alum studied English and earned his high school diploma through programs at the school. In 2015 Nicodeme enrolled in the Biology program at the University of the District of Columbia. He is now in his 3rd year and studying hard. Outside of the classroom Nicodeme is a student ambassador at UDC promoting the university’s culture and developing civic-minded student activities. He is also working part-time and still makes time to return to the school to inspire those classmates who are following in his footsteps. He said, “I feel very happy to be in college because it gives me hope to pursue my dream to be a doctor!”


Jesus Montiel, Future Case Manager

Hailing from Mexico, this Carlos Rosario School alum came to the U.S. in 2007. Jesus learned English and earned his high school diploma through programs at the school. He also served as a student government representative leading community projects and being as a class leader. He is now studying Psychology at the Ana G. Mendez University and hopes to one day become a case manager using his experiences and expertise to help those in need. He is well loved by his peers and he is often a resource for advice and motivation. He recently gave a very emotional presentation to our ESL Level 7 class about his education journey and career dreams. Jesus continues to work full-time while exceling in his studies.


Lifen Zhu, Future Business Manager

Lifen is originally from China and came to the U.S. in 2000. She started at the Carlos Rosario School in the ESL for Families program, which teaches students how to navigate the U.S. school system and other children’s support systems as well as how to advocate for primary school education. Lifen went on to study English and earn her high school diploma through programs at the school. This enterprising mother of two is now studying Hospitality Management at the University of the District of Columbia Community College. She hopes to become a Business Manager. Lifen works part-time, takes full-time college classes, and then works with her kids to their complete homework. She returns to Carlos Rosario School often to volunteer on student panels and assist with our annual Math Fair. She said, “I know my goals will remain dreams if I do not complete my degree. Therefore I am committed to working hard in school and looking for opportunities that could help me make my goals a reality.”