Kenya Silva, University of North Texas at Dallas, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2018

Kenya grew up in a family where everything was business and negotiations, whether it was persuading a client to make a purchase or selling merchandise. This made her realize that business is what she wanted to pursue. However, her family lacked the knowledge to help her achieve a dream beyond attending primary school. Kenya had no one to guide her academically and financially.

As a first-generation student and the eldest in her family, Kenya knew she had to set an example for her younger siblings and set a foundation for them. Ever since she could remember, her father made it clear to her that she would not be able to attend college due to the lack of funds. She knew she did not want to graduate high school and miserably work for the rest of her life.

She dedicated her junior and senior years to countless application to accrue funds. After various applications, acceptances, and rejections, she came across ScholarShot. When she first applied, she assumed ScholarShot was just like any other scholarship that  only provides a one-time financial award. Little did she know, ScholarShot was exactly what she prayed for and was constantly seeking for without even knowing. Kenya graduated in 2016 with both a high school diploma and an Associate of Science degree from Trinidad Garza Early College, and then entered the ScholarShot program. ScholarShot provided academic guidance and financial support throughout all of her undergraduate journey. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of North Texas at Dallas in 2018. She is confident that she could not have earned her degree without ScholarShot.

Kenya now serves as an Academic Manager with ScholarShot and is pursuing a graduate degree with UNT Dallas. She is dedicated to earning her MBA, giving back to the community and turning her dreams into plans.