Lily graduated from West Ottawa High School in 2012, attended GRCC for two years and then went on to earn her degree in Marketing from Grand Valley University.
Lily was hired by the Kellogg’s Corporation as a Customer Accounts Associate and she is continuing her studies at Davenport University.
Lily came to the United States 2001. Until the age of six she lived in Cambodia, but after a tragic accident in which both her parents were killed, Lily’s uncle and aunt who lived in Holland adopted both Lily and her older sister.
Language was of course a barrier. But there were others from Cambodia living in Holland and one of them, Steve Chung, volunteered to act as translator for Lily and her sister in all their school classes. He did this until they could make it on their own.
Lily had cousins who had attended Hope College’s Trio Upward Bound program and who went on to attend college, graduating with degrees that led to jobs and careers. This is the reason why she too applied to the program
Elizabeth Colburn, Director of Trio Upward Bound had this to say about Lily:
“Lily is a student who goes above and beyond, always challenging herself to push higher. She leads by example. Always willing to help others, Lily volunteered her time to tutor middle school students twice a week throughout her senior year. She is conscientious, dependable and dedicated to her goal of a college education.”
Lily’s advice to high school students:
“Have a goal. Keep studying hard all the way along, especially in high school. And always be prepared for every class.”
To learn more about the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship, visit www.cfhz.org/hzpromise