Two high school students have been awarded Trinity’s Greater Chicago Christian Leadership Scholarship: Alejandra Romo of Chicago and She’KunnahGlorri Striverson of Crete.
The four-year renewable grant covers tuition costs and is awarded to students from the Chicago area who are from under-represented populations at Trinity and have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and Christian commitment.
Romo attends Community Links High School and plans to major in criminal justice, a field she feels would prepare her for having a positive influence in law enforcement. She has been involved in many clubs and activities during her high school career, including volunteering as a mentor for fifth graders at her former elementary school and serving as a company commander in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC).
Romo said that she has come to understand that her desire to serve others has always been a part of God’s plan. She hopes to participate in Trinity’s Sunday Snacks and Read with Me service projects in the community. “I really look forward to carrying out his plan in college, because I know that is what pleases my Father, and that pleases me,” she said.
Striverson is an aspiring nursing major who attends Crete-Monee High School. Her involvement at New Bethel Church has included serving in the dance ministry, youth ministry, and youth choir. She also plans to pursue those interests through Trinity’s music and dance ministries, as well as through theatre. In the summer she volunteers in a young leader enrichment program.
Her commitment to excelling academically is evident in her grades as well as in her participation in a dual credit program at her local community college, which allows her to earn college credit. Whether in activities or academics, Striverson said that as a follower of Christ she desires to lead others through service. “By helping others in need, I am being a light for the Lord,” she said.
Last year’s recipients were Rochelle Burks ’14 of Downers Grove; Andrea Walters ’14 of Bolingbrook; and Erica-Symone Windham ’14 of Robbins.