Four Students Chosen as King Scholarship Finalists

Four Students Chosen as King Scholarship Finalists

A look at the four juniors nominated for the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award, to be presented Feb. 19.

Rufus Caine, a philosophy and political science major from Hackensack, NJ, is a member of the Honors Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and has served the past three years in the Undergraduate Government of Boston College Senate. He is a member of the UGBC executive branch. A member of the Voices of Imani gospel choir and an alumnus of the Shaw Leadership Program, Caine has been active in several community service and social justice initiatives, including a campaign to end modern-day slavery in Sudan. Upon graduation he plans to attend law school with the goal of becoming a civil rights attorney.

Erica Fontes, a French major from East Providence, RI, is studying in Paris this semester. She plays tenor saxophone and trumpet in the Boston College Screaming Eagles Marching Band. She is a member of the Cape Verdean Student Association, Organization for Latin American Affairs, Presenting Africa to You and the French Club. She has participated in the University's Cape Verde service trip, where she assisted with irrigation projects and helped paint a school. Outside of BC, Fontes has volunteered for the Boston Living Center, a non-profit community center for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Edward Ford, a history and communications major from Colonia, NJ, is president of Black Student Forum and performs with the Voices of Imani. He also is as a member of Dedicated Intellectual of the People, a men's support group at BC that performs community service and offers mentoring to middle school and high school students. After BC, Ford plans to pursue a graduate degree in history or attend law school.

Katherine Pullings, an English and secondary education major from Washington, DC, is chief of staff for the AHANA Leadership Council, secretary for the BC chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, Pullings also has volunteered for the Steppingstone Foundations, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church. Following graduation, she plans to become an urban high school English teacher.


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