ONIF Student Spotlight

Student Ebell Scholar
Shanequewa Love '21
Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

This summer, two Lions were awarded Ebell Scholarships: Shanequewa Love '21, BA African American Studies; and Selena McLurkin '22, BA Psychology. Ebell Scholars receive $5,000 annually towards educational expenses.

Below, Shanequewa shares her application experience:

September 4, 2020

Name of the award and a brief description: The Ebell of Los Angeles Scholarship. The scholarship is designed for students who live and attend a four-year or two-year institution in Los Angeles County. Scholars are ultimately chosen based on economic need, academic achievement, and community service.

What are your current or future career plans?

After I obtain my undergraduate degree, I want to go into a Public Policy PhD Program in hopes to become a Policy Analyst for the Department of Family and Children Services.

What inspired you to apply for this award? 

Prior to finding out about the scholarship, I lost my job as a Residential Counselor. I was in need of assistance and while seeking help for studying abroad, I was lead to the Office of National & International Fellowships. I spoke with Cassidy Alvarado regarding my concerns and she immediately told me about the scholarship. The rest was history! Thank you, Cassidy!

What was the most challenging part of the application process?

While the application was not challenging, I struggled with self. I never applied for a scholarship this competitive before so I doubted myself and I almost allowed fear to prevent me from applying for the scholarship.

What advice do you have for future applicants?

Don’t allow doubt and fear to stop you from missing out on an opportunity. You are unique in your own ways, so let your purpose and passion show in your application. Be You!

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I am 31 years old!!


To learn more about the Ebell Scholarship, visit https://ebellofla.com/club/philanthropy/scholarship/ or contact ONIF. Applications are due in late March.