Yol is a 2016 graduate of Zeeland West High School and attends Grand Valley State University.
Arriving from Southeast Asia only six years ago, Yol faced a steep language hurdle, but she was soon excelling in her English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
Like so many of our Promise Students, Yol says she was motivated to do well in school in order to make her family proud.
While at Zeeland West, Yol also participated half days in Careeline Tech’s Emergency Medical Services classes. In connection with that program she participated in the State level HOSA (Healthcare Occupation Students of America) competition which takes extra practice and preparation beyond the classroom.
Yol not only excelled at academics but participated in extra-curricular activities too. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Calling All Colors, as well as being a member of the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland’s Youth Advisory Committee,
This group of students from local Holland/Zeeland Area high schools are responsible for reviewing funding requests and recommending grants for programs that benefit area youth. As a member of the Committee, Yol learned about grant making, visited local organizations and learned the importance of philanthropy for funding and supporting community needs.
Tom Langejans, Counselor at Careerline Tech had this to say about Yol:
“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.”
Yol’s career goals?
- As indicated by her Counselor, Yol has been taking every opportunity to prepare herself for a Nursing degree. Yol has always been attracted to the way those in the medical fields are able to help others. And she wants to be a part of that profession.
What did the Holland Zeeland Promise mean for Yol?
“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!”
Yol’s advice to students who dream of a college education and face financial or other challenges as she did?
“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