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Regis College is pleased to announce that this year’s Lifelong Learning at Regis College (LLARC) Brady-Griffith Scholarship was awarded to nursing major and public health minor Josue Colon Calderon ’25 from Worcester, Mass. This scholarship supports academically qualified students with a demonstrated need for financial assistance while attending Regis.
Since 2005, Lifelong Learning at Regis College (LLARC) is a membership organization that offers noncredit educational programs for older adults who would like to continue learning purely for the enjoyment of it and to meet new people of varied backgrounds and interests. LLARC is integrated into the fabric of the university, taking advantage of Regis professors, intergenerational opportunities, Fine Arts Center events, and more.
“This scholarship advances Regis’ commitment to increasing access to higher education opportunities. LLARC is a very special community of adult students who strive to continue learning. Many scholarship recipients continue to stay in touch with LLARC donors throughout their time at Regis and beyond. We are grateful to the LLARC donors for recognizing the transformative value of a Regis education,” said Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN.
The LLARC Brady-Griffith Scholarship Fund (formerly called the LLARC Sharing Opportunities Scholarship) aims to strengthen the relationship between two vibrant cohorts of the Regis community: LLARC members and Regis undergraduate students. The scholarship helps to support the scholarship recipients' tuition, as well as other educational expenses throughout the academic year. To date, the fund has raised approximately $75,000 and has been awarded to 17 students.
Calderon transferred to Regis in the fall of 2022 from Quinsigamond Community College. He chose to attend Regis because of the university’s close-knit community and the nationally recognized Richard and Sheila Young School of Nursing. Outside of academics, Calderon works in Regis’ Residence Life Office and serves as vice president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Next year, he will work as a resident assistant.
“As someone whose mother was not able to get her nursing license renewed due to a language barrier, I am very passionate about living out my mom’s dreams by following through with my own dreams,” said Calderon. “After I get my nursing degree and gain experience working as a nurse, I hope to enter the public health field to help fix disparities within the LGBTQ+ community, specifically within healthcare. I know that my Regis education and the Brady-Griffith Scholarship will help me achieve my goals.”