To the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation,
I want to start off by saying how forever grateful I am to Kiwanis for giving me this generous scholarship of $1500 for me to further my education in hopes of giving myself a better future. Without it, there is a very real chance that I would not have been able to attend my university this school year and I cannot thank each member enough.
The scholarship allowed me to attend the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where I am currently studying Biochemistry / Chemistry with a double minor in Dance and Public Health on a pre-medical route. Because of this scholarship, I have been able to focus on my course work without the worry of having a job to help pay for tuition and other college expenses like room and board. Having this weight taken off my shoulders has helped me adapt to college easier and has taken a few things off my plate that may have overwhelmed me. Hopefully, I will be able to say the same about next year. I am not sure if I can truly express how much receiving this scholarship means to both my family and I; with my parents having to support four children to soon all be in college, every single dollar can be a world of difference.
During my last year of Key Club, I had the great honor of serving as the Division 15 East Lieutenant Governor for the 2017-2018 term. Since Division 15 East was a newly started division (formerly Division 6 South), it was a lot of learning and adjusting to new officers, new advisors, and a whole new division of Kiwanis to interact with. I could not be more grateful to the fifteen high schools I served and especially to Ms. Cridland, the Region 13 advisor, who greatly impacted me throughout my time working with her. I grew as a person and as a leader during my time in Key Club and I never knew how many different areas it would go to change my life. For example, I can conduct myself in a professional manner, let it be email or in person, and I even have the confidence/courage to be able to talk in front of huge crowds of people. The skills I learned from my leadership training have already proven to help me in college; I was able to lead my pledge class in my fraternity as their Vice President and I now serve on the Sigma Nu executive board as the chapter historian. As only a first year, this is monumental. Being a leader in Key Club truly helped me become who I am today, and I will never be thankful enough to those who pushed me to keep going in the organization.
Again, thank you so very much for this scholarship, it means the world to me.
Tyler Seng Ma
Division 15 East Lieutenant Governor ’17-‘18