Area of Study
Samuel E. Kelly Endowed Scholarship
INFO Boeing Diversity Scholarship
Kendall is studying to make computer technology more accessible to underserved communities in Seattle.
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I had two role models growing up, one bad and one good. My older brother is in a penitentiary; my sister is getting her Ph.D. in accounting. In my younger years, I was following my brother’s path, but as I got older and wiser, I gravitated toward my sister’s. I had seen both alternatives, and I knew which I liked better.
I knew something had to change. I decided to focus on two things: my environment and my education. I wanted to study technology, but first I had to remove myself from the negative atmosphere where I grew up and position myself around people I saw as role models for success.
I joined AmeriCorps and chose an assignment in Seattle, the complete opposite of Louisiana geographically and culturally — exactly what I needed. I knew Seattle as a center for technology, and the UW is one of the best places to learn about it. Enrolling in the iSchool was a natural fit. My major, informatics, is best described as bringing technology and people together. It lets me combine technology with my interests in social justice to bring technology to underserved populations.
I know Samuel E. Kelly started the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity to create opportunities for people like me. If I could talk to him today, I would thank him for caring and fighting for the future. Many people just talk; he chose to do something.
About Samuel E. Kelly
Read a story about Samuel E. Kelly and watch the following video about UW’s Ethnic Cultural Center named after this husky legend.