Student & Alumni Stories


“I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received thanks to The University of Baltimore’s donors. As a former undergraduate, and current graduate student, I have grown to consider UBalt to be like a second family. My goal after graduation is to continue my education, achieve my Ph.D. and become a university professor. To this end, I have been working as a graduate teaching assistant during my time at UBalt. The experience of teaching as a graduate student has fueled me with the necessary confidence, tools and resources to pursue a career in higher education. None of this would have been possible without the support of the University of Baltimore’s donors, who have given me the ability to pursue my dreams and have helped me continue on the path to educational and career success.”

RASHA ALKHATEEB
B.S. ’18, M.F.A '21, Recent Graduate




“The Community Development Fellows Program has been a life changing experience that enabled me to gain meaningful work experience outside of school. At Pigtown Main Street, I learned hands-on about community development and neighborhood revitalization by directly being involved with projects that improved the community. I also was able to apply my social media, marketing and website development skills to assist the organization and businesses to better leverage the virtual/online environment in their operations. As the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to operate in the online environment, I was able to fully see the impact of my work. This meaningful opportunity provided me with clarity regarding what I want to do after I graduate from UBalt and as a professional leader.”

DANIEL KHOSHKEPAZI
Current Student; 2020–2021 Student Government Association President




“I am a graduate student at the University of Baltimore seeking a degree in Human Services. I am extremely appreciative of the contributions that allowed me to work as a Fellow with the Community Development Fellowship Program. I worked with Hamilton Main Street Lauraville Community Center under the leadership of Regina Lansinger. This internship afforded me significant training in community service and engagement that will have a positive impact on my professional growth for years to come.”

CARLA HALL
M.S. '20, Recent Graduate




“I am an undergraduate student pursuing my bachelor’s degree in business with a specialization in accounting. As the first person in my family to attend college, I was unsure of how I would be able to finance my education. However, thanks to the support of UBalt’s donors, I have been able to focus on my degree. I will not stop until I reach my full potential, as I know how much this accomplishment means, not only to me, but also to my entire family. I plan to continue my education beyond graduation, and to pursue a master’s degree. I will always carry my experiences at University of Baltimore with me in my career and future endeavors. Once again, thank you to all UBalt donors for this amazing opportunity.”

MONIQUE CURTIS
Current student




“Receiving a scholarship has made it possible for me to pursue my master’s and has allowed me time to interact and thrive as a student at UBalt. I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Accounting and Business Advisory Services. I am also interning with a public accounting firm. My goals upon graduation are to sit for the CPA exam and to continue working for a public accounting firm in the tax department. I am also interested in pursuing experiences and education in the technological fields and industries that make modern accounting what it is today. Your support allows students like me to be fully immersed in our programs and in the deeply knowledgeable UBalt community. I love the University of Baltimore and appreciate everything this institution has done to help me grow within my field.”

MICHAEL EBERLE
B.A. '16, M.S. '21, Recent Graduate




“Growing up I always wanted to be the first in my family to go to college. I thought I was not going to be able to follow this dream because my family could not afford it. Thanks to the generosity of UBalt’s donors I have been able to pursue this lifelong goal. I am the oldest of six children, and I hope to inspire my siblings to keep this streak going. I truly love attending the University of Baltimore. The campus is diverse and welcoming, and the professors care about their students’ academic success and challenge them to succeed. I have been given so many amazing opportunities, including becoming the managing editor of the UBalt Post. None of this would have been possible without the support of UBalt donors, and I am incredibly thankful for your generosity.”

ONAI CHARLES
Current student




“Through a University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest (UBSPI) grant, I worked with Rising for Justice (formerly DC Law Students in Court) in Washington, D.C. I represented two separate clients who fled from violence in Central America and sought refuge in the US. I was successful; I obtained bond for both clients and they have since been reunified with their families, returned to work and their local communities, and are again actively contributing members of society. After my first successful attempt at securing a bond, we called the client. He was emotional, eager to see his children and exuberantly grateful. It made me feel like the work I was doing was worth it — the small moment of satisfaction to think that someone gets to be with their children.”

RYAN FRACE
J.D. ’20, Recent Graduate




“After graduating from UBalt with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Victim Studies, I decided to continue my academic career, and work towards a master’s degree in Negotiations and Conflict Management. However, I knew that being able to afford tuition would be an uphill battle. I truly appreciate this institution’s thoughtfulness and acknowledgement of student academic successes, and I am thankful for the generous financial support provided by UBalt’s donors. Thanks to my UBalt education, I am now employed as a Victim Advocate at the State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore City in the Gun Violence Enforcement Division, and am furthering my career in Conflict Management.”

JODY ANN BECKFORD
B.S. '18, M.S. '21, Recent Graduate




“I chose the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business to pursue my MBA because of their impeccable reputation and accreditation. When I was informed I was being awarded a scholarship I immediately decided that I needed to pay this generosity forward. My scholarship made it possible to take part in a program where I was able to volunteer to prepare tax returns for low-income families for free as pro-bono clients during tax season. Receiving a scholarship has been both financially and emotionally meaningful, and it has strengthened my belief in myself and my resolve to succeed in my studies. Thank you for helping University of Baltimore students like me achieve their dreams.”

ALI ADLI
MBA '20, Recent Graduate




“I am passionate about making higher education inclusive and accessible for everyone. As a first-generation college graduate, I am keenly aware of the culture shock and difficulties that first-generation and low-income students face in pursuit of their academic and professional goals. Seeing food insecurity on my campus firsthand, I was compelled to help and led the development of the UBalt Campus Food Pantry, which provides food, hygiene items and connections to local resources and assistance programs.”

ELIZABETH PAIGE
B.A. ’14, M.A. ’17, J.D. '20, Recent Graduate