School: Bristol Community College
Hometown: Fall River
Degree: Liberal arts and sciences—math/science option
Mariano speaks seven languages and is a student of the world, pursuing dreams that began in a small school in Guinea Bissau amid grinding poverty and war. He was forced to immigrate to Cape Verde where he started an organization to insure human rights of his fellow exiles. Arriving in Fall River, Mariano purchased a business franchise to support himself while attending Bristol Community College. He excelled in chemistry and served as a Supplemental Instructor assisting fellow students. Mariano is a Bristol Student Senator and a Student Ambassador, and has been named a Commonwealth Honors Scholar. He is a proud resident of Fall River and a St. Anne’s Hospital community volunteer. Mariano has won a prestigious Jack Cooke Kent Scholarship to continue his education at a four-year college.