Srey is a 2016 graduate of Zeeland West High School studying Health Communications at Grand Valley State University.
Arriving from Southeast Asia during middle school, Srey faced a steep language hurdle, but she was soon excelling in her English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
While in high school, Srey enrolled in the Careeline Tech’s Emergency Medical Services classes. In connection with the CTC program she participated in the State level HOSA (Healthcare Occupation Students of America) competition which takes extra practice and preparation beyond the classroom. In addition, she was a member of the National Honor Society and Calling All Colors, as well as being a member of the Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee.
Tom Langejans, Counselor at the CTC had this to say about Srey:
“Her ability to overcome challenges culturally and with language, as well as taking extra responsibility for her family, has made Srey ready for the hard work of a nursing degree and career.”
What did receiving the H/Z Promise Scholarship mean to Srey?
“I know my family would not have been able to afford to help me attend college. I will never forget getting the call where I was working, telling me I had received this scholarship. I was going to go to college!”
Srey’s advice to high school students:
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Go to your teachers. They are there to help you realize your dream.”
To learn more about the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship, visit www.cfhz.org/hzpromise