Scholarship Profile: Jesica
Jesica is a bilingual, first-generation college student majoring in Marketing with a certificate in International Business. She was awarded the Elizabeth and Michael Kenny Scholarship. She is also executive president of Robinson Women in Business, a newly chartered association at Georgia State University which prepares women for the corporate world in all business professions.
How did you find out about this scholarship?
I wanted to study abroad to increase my awareness on international marketing perspectives. I needed funding for the international summer school in Seoul, South Korea. However, it is costly, so I had to explore what financing options I had left. I applied to numerous scholarships, and the Elizabeth and Michael Kenny Scholarship was the one I ended up receiving an award from.
Tell us more about your study abroad experience in South Korea.
During the experience I was able to expand my Korean vocabulary and make international friends. Not only did I expand my knowledge in the program through the curriculum, but I was also enriched by my peers also in the program, who came from all over the world. I’m forever grateful for this scholarship because it allowed me to have this amazing opportunity, which will help me in my future career in international business.
How was the essay process? What did you write about?
I was quite comfortable writing my essay because I simply told my story. In elementary school, my parents decided to enroll me in a public school that was in a foreign country. I had to face the difficulties that came with being the only minority. But because of this experience and all that I learned from it, I now have a more open-minded, polycentric mindset. I now appreciate cultures and lifestyles of all varieties. By the time I finished writing and revising my essay, I was more than content with the end product.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I plan to purse my MBA with a concentration in International Marketing.
Do you have any advice for students interested in applying for scholarships?
Because I see too many people look at the Georgia State University Scholarships website and pass up good opportunities, I strongly encourage people to apply regardless of the competition. Do not doubt yourself. At least give it a try. Make an attempt to apply for scholarships you do qualify for. A missed opportunity is often worse than failure.