New American Scholars

During pandemic, Riyah Patel started nonprofit to bridge education gap for refugee and immigrant students
Riyah Patel

Riyah Patel, founder of New American Scholars

You’re never too young to make a difference. Case in point is Riyah Patel, a 17-year-old from Concord who founded New American Scholars – a nonprofit that provides academic assistance, social support, and leadership development to refugee and immigrant students in New Hampshire. Riyah helps by providing these students the mentorship and guidance they need to feel connected to their new home. To get involved or find out more about New American Scholars, visit them online at

Riyah was also named the 2023 NextGen Award recipient by NH Business Review, an award given in conjunction with NH Business Review’s annual Outstanding Women in Business.

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