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Thanks to the generous donations of our Seminar alumni family, the Commonwealth Seminar is able to offer scholarship opportunities for our students.


Check out the various scholarships and their dedications below.

Marcia Chong Rosado (she/her/ella) is a multiracial, Ecuadorian, immigrant to the United States. She is multidimensional and has navigated cultures across continents, socioeconomic spaces, and industries. 

Marcia is a Director at Cinematica Labs, focused on building mission-oriented entrepreneurial ecosystems in partnership with Pharrell Williams’ Black Ambition and others. Marcia is a Coach with the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator program uplifting teams addressing national-scale societal challenges. Marcia is also involved in civic engagement as a Commissioner on the Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women and as an Advisory Board Member for the Commonwealth Seminar.

Marcia’s work in venture ecosystem building, startups, nonprofits, and innovative partnerships has been noted by Amplify Latinx, HBCUvc 31 under 31, Boston Business Journal, Harvard Law & Policy Review, and Forbes.

Marcia is collaborating with the Commonwealth Seminar to provide scholarships to 5 participants throughout 2023. The Chong Powering the Generations Scholarship is for diverse participants across cultures, immigration status, gender, socioeconomic levels, age, lived experiences, and generations.

Seminar alum and Advisory Board member Mealea Chan-Polcari (Winter 2017) has generously created a new scholarship starting with the Fall 2021 class.


Mealea's scholarship will benefit two students per class, one female in honor of her Mother and one male in gratitude to Nam Pham, one of her mentors and still a longtime leader in immigrant and BIPOC communities.


We're grateful for her generosity and look forward to her scholarship helping more students access our Seminar program and building on the legacies of Nam and her mother.

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