Emanuele Abi-Younes, a sophomore in chemical engineering and a graduate of New Bedford High School, was one of four UMass Amherst students who have been awarded $5,000 scholarships from the James J. Karam Scholarship Fund in recognition of their academic achievements and campus involvement. They are among eight students in the University of Massachusetts system to receive the award.
The James J. Karam Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 by business leader James Karam and his wife, Janis Karam. The endowed fund provides scholarships to full-time students attending or applying from the South Coast region of Massachusetts who distinguish themselves through strong academic performance and demonstrated financial need.
“Each year, I am awestruck by the hard work, dedication, and accomplishments that all of these students have shown to their studies and lives,” said Karam. “It is a pleasure to be able to reward that commitment knowing that they are the leaders of tomorrow.”
Karam is president and founder of the First Bristol Corporation, which has developed retail shopping centers, hotels, and office buildings throughout southern New England since 1975.
University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan commended the student recipients and praised the Karam family’s dedication to UMass at a celebration dinner on June 20. (July 2019)