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2020 Winner: Brentavia Fallin

Education Accessibility Scholarship winner Brentavia Fallin with Ryan MckeenHello, my name is Brentavia Fallin. I was born and raised in Jamaica, and then came to America and lived in Manchester most of my life. I am currently a senior at Enfield High School. I will be attending Manchester Community College for two years where I will be studying to receive my Associates Degree to become a midwife.

During my last year of high school at Enfield High I felt like I wanted to give up because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The distance-learning and how easy it was to get sidetracked was challenging, but yet I still reminded myself that I have to make my family proud and that I have to keep focused. Some of my interests include dancing, singing, listening to music, and going out with friends and family.

2019 Winner: Miki Ivanisin

Education Accessibility Scholarship winner Miki IvanisinHi, my name is Miki Ivanisin.  I am originally from Broad Brook, CT but I am currently in Senior in East Granby High School, where I moved, in May 2019. I will be attending Manchester Community College for 2 years then plan to finish my degree, in Criminal Justice, from the University of New Haven.

During my last year of school in East Windsor High, I tried something I never thought would interest me – The Drama Club, I loved it.  This past fall, in joined the indoor Track & Field team at my new school.  I was a competitive Gymnast for 9 years where I achieved the title “Connecticut State Champion” for 3 years.  I have participated in CrossFit and love being outdoors.  Some of my interests include hiking, exercising, painting, drawing, reading and doing puzzles. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

My goal for a career is to enter the Policy Academy to train K-9 Officers.

Reaction Statement:For the first time in my life, I was rendered speechless.  I don’t know how to show my gratitude and appreciation for being awarded your “Access to Education” Scholarship. Thank you so much for recognizing my hard work.