Scholarship Recipients

Kellynette Kellynette is starting her fourth and last year at Gallaudet University and will graduate in May 2016 with a dual degree in Social Work and Psychology. This coming year she will be doing her internship with Public Defenders Service in DC, and also will work as Director of Community Relations for the Student Body Government. In 2015 she completed her final general studies requirement during summer school, then went on a three-week trip to Cuba and watched the historic flag raising at the US Interest Section in Cuba on July 20th when the US and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations.

She has always been involved in multiple organizations, including the Latino Student Union (Vice President; Community Service Coordinator), Peer Mentor for Student Success, Academic Bowl Ambassador, Keeping the Promise, Sisters of Color, National Academic Bowl competition (team host). Moreover, she was selected to sign a children's book using American Sign Language for competition for elementary and middle schools called Battle of the Books.

Kellynette is from Massachusetts, and was mainstreamed at Newton North High School. In addition to her stellar academic work, she was involved in extra-curricular activities, including three years working on the school newspaper, being on the academic bowl team, and being a member of the yearbook staff. She received several awards too, including the award for academic excellence in history and the Mark Stetson Memorial award. Kellynette managed to do all this while working part-time in the local supermarket to help pay the bills (she lived in a single-parent household).