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Kyle Shrader


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Hello, I’m Kyle Shrader, a current Senior at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois. For the past few years, I have been focused on improving the quality and availability of reliable health care for minorities and immigrants in my local community. Accomplishing this goal has been demanding – and surely has had its challenging moments – but I’ve been able to pursue my dream by interning and volunteering at organizations across Illinois. These interactions with minority and immigrant communities have taught me considerably about the importance of civic engagement, and have cemented my decision towards centering my life and career around social policy. My inspiration developed when my grandparents immigrated to the United States several years ago. They moved here in order to take care of me while my parents went off to work, and I can still remember clearly some of their troubles. Coming from China, they faced many difficulties early on. Aside from cultural barriers and financial hardship, my grandparents – like many other immigrants in this nation – were challenged with finding insurance and health care that could keep them well. By observing the struggles of my grandparents, I have realized that there are extreme disparities between the health care minority immigrants and native-born citizens receive. As a consequence of this, immigrant populations are becoming less willing to interact with our government and increasingly disengaged from politics. Mental and physical health, too, is an incredibly serious issue in this country — and abroad — that needs to be addressed. Health care professionals are too worried amount improving emergency healthcare, which is undeniably important, but too much to the point that preventative care has become deplorable. As a result, every step I have taken has been with a purpose: to build a strong educational foundation in pursuit of resolving these issues. Thus, I have spent a great deal of time and effort towards studying diligently, as well as building and maintaining a strong footing and support system; my proudest achievements that manifest these efforts include being elected Chairman of the Youth Advisory Board for the Midwest Asian Health Association, founding my own nonprofit, the China-US Youth Leadership Development Foundation, and being elected President of the National Honors Society at Hinsdale Central High School. Simply put, this is my story. I dream of becoming a policymaker who can solve the troubles of my grandparents as well as minorities and immigrants just like them. I am applying for scholarships through because I wish to support my hardworking and loving parents. Throughout my life, my parents have been working incredibly hard to support my family. These scholarships will be extremely beneficial towards financing my college tuition because it will provide them with some fiscal relief. This holds especially true because I will be attending New York University this upcoming fall, where my estimated annual fees sum up to more than $78,000. Without scholarships, much of the funding will come from my own savings and likely half from student loans. Thus, I am relying on scholarships to help pay for a decisive portion of my college tuition. In 2014, my parents divorced. Ever since they have been living amiable, but separate lives. Since then, my father has remarried and my mother has remained single. My father works diligently to help support his new family. His income is paying for himself, his wife (who is not employed), my little sister (who’s college tuition he must also save up for), and myself. Aside from his immediate family, he is also supporting my stepmother’s father, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. On top of supporting an entire family of his own, he must save up for future debt. Once my great grandmother passes away, much of her property and liabilities will have to be paid off by him, including the entirety of rights and land of my father’s recreational vehicle business. My mother’s income, too, must support an entire family. She now not only responsible for me, but also lends a hand to my aunt and cousin, who recently immigrated to the United States. Her sister, who is unemployed, and nephew, who is also unemployed and attending college the same year as me, are relying on her assistance. My mother is also taking care of her retired parents, who have been living with her for the past seventeen years. My parents have been working incredibly hard to support my family, and I just want to help them out. Recently, I have found a part-time job during school weeks at a local Culver’s in order to help pay for my college tuition. Through my efforts, I have already earned over a thousand dollars, but I know that this will not be enough. I hold my family very dear to my heart and I love them so much. I hope to support them in any way I can, and I know that the financial assistance provided by scholarships on will help tremendously.


New York University

Bachelor's degree program
2020 - 2020
  • Majors:
    • Public Policy
    • Economics
  • Minors:
    • French

Hinsdale Central High School

High School
2016 - Present


  • Desired degree level:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Government Administration

    • Dream career goals:

      United States Senator & Law School

    • Developer | Founder

      Minecraft | Created my own gaming server and earned nearly $2000 in revenue.
      2014 – 20162 years
    • President | Founder

      China U.S. Youth Leadership Development Foundation (CULDF) | The mission is to promote and strengthen youth leaders to interact and work together to solve global issues.
      2019 – Present5 years
    • Employee

      Vacationland RV | Develop and manage the online website; order parts; attend and represent at National RV Dealership shows, meetings, and fairs; create and distribute dealership pamphlets.
      2016 – Present8 years
    • Lifeguard / AED Certifications

      Red Cross
      2019 – Present5 years
    • Student | Award Recipient

      Illinois Student Assistance Commission State Scholar | Hinsdale Central Young Scholar Award, Dean's List, Honor Roll | Midwest Asian Health Association Excellence in Community Service Award | Asian American Coalition of Chicago Youth Who Excels Award
      2016 – Present8 years
    • Senator

      HCHS Student Government | Head two committees: Collect donations from families and local businesses that help fund school events; build relations with and organizing fundraising events with local restaurants and businesses.
      2018 – Present6 years
    • Culver's

      Culver's | Interact with fellow cooks in the kitchen to build and cater quality and delicious tasting food.
      2020 – Present4 years



    Junior Varsity
    2016 – 2016


    Junior Varsity
    2014 – 20162 years


    2014 – 20206 years


    • United Best Offensive Lineman and Leadership Award
    • Hinsdale Central High School Varsity Award

    Mixed Martial Arts

    2014 – Present10 years


    Junior Varsity
    2019 – 2019


    • Hinsdale Central High School Junior Varsity Award
    • Illinois High School Association (IHSA) IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award

    Artistic Gymnastics

    Junior Varsity
    2016 – 2016


    • Hinsdale Central High School Scholar Athlete Award


    • Cancer

      Northwestern — Research Intern
      2017 – 2017
    • Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

      Beike Biotech — Intern
      2019 – 2019
    • Finance

      J.P. Morgan Chase Bank (New York City — Firm Shadow & Research Assistant
      2018 – 2018


    • Web Design

      2018 – Present
    • Self-Employed

      Dolphin & Me, Lolo in Hawaii
      2015 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Midwest Asian Health Association — Chairman of the Youth Advisory Board
      2016 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Gift of Hope — Outreach Ambassador
      2018 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Life Goes Goes — Intern
      2017 – 2018
    • Advocacy

      McKinley Park Underage Drinking & Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition — Minority Outreach Coordinator
      2018 – 2019
    • Public Service (Politics)

      Heroin Opioid Prevention & Education Task Force — Intern
      2019 – 2020
    • Advocacy

      National Honors Society — President
      2019 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Red Devil Service Club — Volunteer
      2018 – Present
    • Volunteering

      People's Resource Center — Volunteer
      2016 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Feed My Starving Children — Volunteer | Food Packager
      2016 – Present

    Future Interests