Withrow International High School
graduate Niyubahwe Dieudonne is familiar with transitions.
He’ll begin his studies at the University of Cincinnati
in August, and in early October, at the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative’s
11th annual Dream Makers Celebration, he’ll find out whether or not he’s the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award and a $1,000 scholarship.
Dieudonne was nominated for the award because of his success and perseverance through a time in his life that was by no means easy.
“I moved from East Africa from a small country called Burundi in 2007,” Dieudonne says. “It was really hard for me, because I didn’t know any English when I came, so it was really hard going to school here.”
In the sixth grade, Dieudonne enrolled at the Academy of World Languages
, where he participated in English as a Second Language classes; and during his freshman year of high school, he became involved with the CYC.
“It was good because it gave me the experience of having a mentor,” Dieudonne says. “And the mentor would always stay in touch with us, help us with our school work—whatever we needed, they were there for us—they’d always make sure we were doing the best we can.”
Coming to a new country that he knew nothing about and essentially having to “start over” was the hardest thing Dieudonne says he’s ever experienced. And though he’s overcome that obstacle, he says he still struggles.
“Especially when I’m starting college right now,” Dieudonne says. “But I’m planning on going to UC to study biology. But moving here has inspired me to do my best and to not be afraid of challenges that life gives me.”
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