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Kenny Moreno

 

 Kenny Moreno         

“Faculty and staff have been great – anytime I’ve needed help they’ve been there. Marie Hahs and the Veterans services here are good too. It’s been nice to know my peers are around.” 

Age: 25
Major: Biotechnology 
Aspirations: Continue his research a university or in the private sector.


MassBay Community College is proud to honor Goldwater Scholar Kenny Moreno. Kenny graduated in May 2012 with an Associate Degree in Biotechnology from MassBay and will continue his research at Boston University in the fall.

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1996, colleges and universities across the country are allowed to submit four names to the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship program and only 300 are chosen. These students, who receive scholarships up to $15,000, are chosen based on their intention to make a difference in science, math and technology.

Kenny describes his submission to the program thusly: “I focused in on a gene we all have in our body, in which higher incidents of cancer are found. I tried to decrease its expression to see if the tumor can get treated more effectively or not.”

Kenny, 25, says he liked science in high school and he did well in the subject, but he “didn’t have the drive” to consider it a career. So he started out as a business major at Framingham State University. Finding it to be less than satisfying, Kenny took a different path and joined the United States Marines. He served as an infantryman from 2004 – 2009, including two tours in Iraq, and is now a Corporal in the Reserves.

“The entire MassBay community is extremely proud of the accomplishment of Corporal Moreno in earning this prestigious scholarship,” said MassBay President Dr. John O’Donnell. “That we can proudly recognize our 18th Goldwater Award winner also reinforces the national prominence of the biotechnology program that Dr. Bruce Jackson and his colleagues have built here.”

Among the approximately 300 Goldwater scholarships awarded this year, Kenny is the only winner from a two-year college and received the highest score from Goldwater reviewers of any honoree from Massachusetts, outscoring competition from MIT and Harvard.

“This is a big honor,” says Kenny. “Dr. J. (Bruce A. Jackson, a professor of biotechnology and forensic DNA science, and chairman of the Biotechnology Department) says it’s the highest science award. Since I received this award for the research I’ve done, I’m more motivated now to continue to build on what I’ve started. It gives me a greater sense of responsibility.”

When he arrived on campus in January 2010, he had heard from a few friends that it was a good school and a good atmosphere. When he found the biotech program, “I knew what I wanted to do.”“I’ve learned so much here,” says Kenny. “Faculty and staff have been great – anytime I’ve needed help they’ve been there. Marie Hahs and the Veterans services here are good too. It’s been nice to know my peers are around.”

For his scholarly studies and his service to America, the MassBay community echoes the sentiments of Kenny’s mom, who tells him she’s “Very happy. Very proud.”

Corporal Kenneth Moreno earned a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for science, becoming the 18th winner from MassBay. A reserve Corporal in the United State Marines, Kenny graduated in May 2012 with an Associate Degree in Biotechnology and will pursue a bachelor degree in molecular biology or biochemistry.