Meet Kelley Li
Investment in Success scholar
San Francisco State University
Every day, Kelley Li pushes herself to be brave. As a child, growing up in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, she was painfully shy. Her parents, who worked long hours, weren’t around to help her out of her shell; she lived with her grandparents. But by high school, Li learned to motivate herself. She decided that to succeed in school, she would have to overcome her shyness. She sought out groups like the Boys & Girls Club, where little by little, she challenged herself to go beyond her comfort zone. By her senior year, she was president of her chapter’s leadership club. She began volunteering and becoming more active in the community.
“I’ve come a long way,” says Li, now 18. “I put myself out there. When I was a kid, I wouldn’t have believed it.”
Li’s hard work caught the eye of the fraternity, who awarded her an Investment in Success scholarship to help her attend San Francisco State University. She is currently in her first year. She likes hands-on work, and she is drawn to helping others, so she has enrolled in the pre-nursing program. Once she gets her degree in nursing, she plans to pursue a master’s degree, too. Just as she did in high school, she is seeking out the life experiences she needs to build her character and skills. She recently joined the coed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, which is focused on leadership, friendship, and service. “It’s a chance for me to be a leader in the community,” she says.
The Investment in Success scholarship recognizes and celebrates Li’s remarkable tenacity. By providing financial support, it gives her the chance to apply that same tenacity toward her education.
“Paying for college is difficult, and it’s not easy to get help,” Li says. “The Investment in Success scholarship has been a big motivation for what I’m going to accomplish in college. It gives me motivation to work even harder.”
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