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Grace Keolanui

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Hi! My ultimate goal in life is to enjoy what I do, which for me is engineering, more specifically, mechanical engineering. As a first-generation college student, I plan to make my family proud by not only planning to obtain an undergraduate degree but also a post-graduate degree. By working to accomplish this aim through my activities, which include mentoring others through school clubs, supporting my community by volunteering, and connecting with others who have the same passion.

Education

University of California-Davis

Bachelor's degree program
2024 - 2028
  • Majors:
    • Mechanical Engineering

Bella Vista High

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Engineering, Other
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

    • Dream career goals:

      Mechanical Engineer

    • Mentor

      Sacramento Public Library
      2024 – 2024
    • Intern

      Sacramento Public Library
      2024 – 2024
    • Cater

      Griselda's Catering
      2020 – Present4 years

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Bella Vista High School — Volunteer
      2022 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Fair Oaks Public library — Teen volunteer
      2022 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    SigaLa Education Scholarship
    At an early age, I was curious about how the world worked, fueling my passion for engineering. My first year of school was mostly spent overcoming a language barrier that impeded my early development; however, my hands-on learning experiences with my father, a computer technician, through a series of DIY projects of repairing electronics set me on a path toward mechanical engineering. This experience of solving practical problems and fixing things amongst my struggles allowed me to focus on my passion for becoming a mechanical engineer by engaging in my school’s engineering program combined with a rigorous course to achieve my career goal. Motivated to not only succeed in my studies but to make my parents proud, I aimed to become the first person in my family to go to college. However, I cannot pay for college with their support alone as it’s on my shoulders to figure out how to get the amount of money needed. Though the burden of my tuition at the University of California, Davis will partially be taken care of through financial aid from FAFSA, scholarships are my main way of supporting myself through expenses such as tuition, application fees, books, transportation, and school supplies. If I was awarded a scholarship, it would aid me in achieving my goals with the ability to financially support myself. This would allow me to engage in my educational and professional pursuits as well as community service projects without having to worry about taking out student loans.  By laying down a strong foundation of education, it allows me to prepare for where I see myself in the future. I seek to positively contribute to the field of engineering through community service initiatives to create accessible education for the next generation of young engineers interested in STEM. This dream of mine is demonstrated by my internship at the Sacramento Public Library where I have volunteered since 11th grade, for the Stronger Together: STEAM Book Exploration program has allowed me to blend my skills to make the field of STEAM engaging with young children within my community. My involvement in this program highlights my dedication to creating an inclusive engaging space for young children interested in STEAM, hinting at the trajectory of my future endeavors.  The elimination of student debt would allow me to focus on my endeavor to make a positive impact in my community as I would focus on bridging the field of STEM to other interested young girls from underrepresented backgrounds from underprivileged communities. I value representation in the field of engineering and believe in accessible education for the next generation of female engineers. Beyond my interest in building and designing devices, I care to inspire by sharing my experiences and obstacles to create a better world by giving back what I can.
    Our Destiny Our Future Scholarship
    Since I was ten, I had to quickly learn the importance of responsibility, resilience, and compassion, as I stepped into the role of a caregiver for my siblings because of my mother's work schedule. This personal challenge tested my ability to manage these responsibilities as school got progressively more rigorous alongside my course schedule. Though I had to juggle taking Advanced Placement courses while being a caregiver who also had a part-time job, I managed to navigate this challenging terrain through the skill of resilience that earned me the AP Scholar award. My early experiences of caregiving allowed me to expand my compassion through my passion for community service. By volunteering, it has strengthened my character and intense desire to contribute positively to my community. I have done this by volunteering at the Sacramento Public Library which has provided me with opportunities in community service initiatives such as sorting donations for the prom drive and Teen Takeover Event this year. Through volunteering at the Sacramento Public Library, I have enjoyed my time immensely and I plan to continue to volunteer at my local library branch, Fair Oaks, whenever I can, to not lose this important connection with my community. My desire to help my local community also includes the school clubs I engaged in such as the California Scholarship Federation where I tutored struggling classmates, and Interact Club, where I participated in a monthly Pen Pal Letter exchange program that pairs you up with an elementary student and making cards for the children at Shriners hospital, and Key Club, where I participated in many local events such as Aerospace Museum New Year's Eve Frozen Event and Community Garden Day. However, beyond volunteering at the Sacramento Public Library, I hope to begin volunteering at the Museum of Science and Curiosity this month as this will not only help my community but provide me an exciting opportunity to volunteer in STEAM projects that fuel my passion for engineering. In the future, I seek to positively contribute to the field of engineering through community service initiatives to create accessible education for the next generation of young engineers interested in STEAM. This is exemplified by my internship at the Sacramento Public Library for the Stronger Together: STEAM Book Exploration program, which has allowed me to blend my skills to make the field of STEAM engaging to young children within my community. This internship has shaped my future educational and community service goals, as I intend to achieve this by earning a degree in mechanical engineering. This will be achieved by attending the University of California, Davis. Choosing the path of a higher educational pursuit will be financially expensive as I intend to become the first person in my family to attend college despite no financial support. However, my financial situation to go to college doesn’t deter me but rather motivates me to create a future where I strive towards my goals through my efforts by funding my education through scholarships. My past and current involvement in giving back to the community has emphasized a greater fulfillment of helping others while fortifying the values of resilience, compassion, and leadership. This, alongside my early experiences, has shaped my future aspirations in engineering and community service. I will integrate the skills I have learned towards my ambitions to create a positive impact in my community to create a better, inclusive future for the next generation of learners in the field of STEAM.
    Linda Kay Monroe Whelan Memorial Education Scholarship
    Since I was ten, I had to quickly learn the importance of responsibility, resilience, and compassion, as I stepped into the role of a caregiver for my siblings because of my mother's work schedule. This personal challenge tested my ability to manage these responsibilities as school got progressively more rigorous alongside my course schedule. Though I had to juggle taking Advanced Placement courses while being a caregiver who also had a part-time job, I managed to navigate this challenging terrain through the skill of resilience that earned me the AP Scholar award. My early experiences of caregiving allowed me to expand my compassion through my passion for community service. By volunteering, it has strengthened my character and intense desire to contribute positively to my community. I have done this by volunteering at the Sacramento Public Library which has provided me with opportunities in community service initiatives such as sorting donations for the prom drive and Teen Takeover Event this year. Through volunteering at the Sacramento Public Library, I have enjoyed my time immensely and I plan to continue to volunteer at my local library branch, Fair Oaks, whenever I can, to not lose this important connection with my community. My desire to help my local community also includes the school clubs I engaged in such as the California Scholarship Federation where I tutored struggling classmates, and Interact Club, where I participated in a monthly Pen Pal Letter exchange program that pairs you up with an elementary student and making cards for the children at Shriners hospital, and Key Club, where I participated in many local events such as Aerospace Museum New Year's Eve Frozen Event and Community Garden Day. However, beyond volunteering at the Sacramento Public Library, I hope to begin volunteering at the Museum of Science and Curiosity this month as this will not only help my community but provide me an exciting opportunity to volunteer in STEAM projects that fuel my passion for engineering. In the future, I seek to positively contribute to the field of engineering through community service initiatives to create accessible education for the next generation of young engineers interested in STEAM. This is exemplified by my internship at the Sacramento Public Library for the Stronger Together: STEAM Book Exploration program, which has allowed me to blend my skills to make the field of STEAM engaging to young children within my community. This internship has shaped my future educational and community service goals, as I intend to achieve this by earning a degree in mechanical engineering. This will be done by either attending the University of California, San Diego or attending my local community college, American River College, by transferring to save money. Yet, either path I take for a higher educational pursuit will be financially expensive as I intend to become the first person in my family to attend college despite no financial support. However, my financial situation to go to college doesn’t deter me but rather motivates me to create a future where I strive towards my goals through my efforts by funding my education through scholarships. My past and current involvement in giving back to the community, has emphasized a greater fulfillment of helping others while fortifying the values of resilience, compassion, and leadership. This, alongside my early experiences, has shaped my future aspirations in engineering and community service. I will integrate the skills I have learned towards my ambitions to create a positive impact in my community to create a better, inclusive future for the next generation of learners in the field of STEAM.