March 6, 2023 Duc Tinh

Winsted, CT – Northwestern CT Community College student, Renee Rivera Restivo, has been awarded The Harvey Lincoln Student Scholarship through the national Achieving the Dream organization. The scholarship is a need-based scholarship for community college students who have persisted in their studies despite educational, personal, or financial obstacles. The award is $2,000. Rivera Resitvo is one of two in the country to receive the award.

“Coming to the college (Northwestern) gave me a voice,” said Rivera Restivo. “I felt supported and like there are people out there that care about me as a person and see my struggle and that makes it mean so much.”

Rivera Restivo is a returning student pursuing a degree in Health Information Management. She is also involved in many campus activities including the Student Senate, the campus student podcast, The Bookish Club, and is a founding member and president of the campus Student of Color Alliance.

“It’s so refreshing to see this world in another light,” she says. “Like I thought I knew what the world was and what it was about but ever since coming to the college I have learned about a whole new world that I never knew.”

Achieving the Dream is a national organization that helps community college students, particularly low-income students, and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.


For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Stiller