Carmel Valley resident Kelsey Miller receives ‘Sunflower Scholarship’, honored as an ‘Agent of Change’
A “service over self” ethic coupled with academic success recently earned Carmel Valley resident Kelsey Miller and nine other high school students the first-ever Sunflower Scholarships from Chelsea’s Light Foundation.
Miller, a graduate of La Jolla Country Day School, was honored as an “Agent of Change.”
Just under 300 students from 58 San Diego County high schools applied for the 10 scholarships. Every application was personally reviewed by Kelly and Brent King who established Chelsea’s Light Foundation last year in honor of their daughter Chelsea.
“Just as Chelsea was one of a kind and lived an extraordinary life, these teenagers are unique, visionary and benevolent towards others,” said Kelly King. “They value individuality and embrace diversity in activities, relationships and points of view. Each one is the epitome of a Chelsea’s Light changemaker.”
Kelsey received a scholarship worth a total of $4,500. The scholarship recipients also received new Sony Vaio laptops donated by Sony Electronics.
Kelsey began a sponsorship program at her school for a scholarship for a Tanzinaian young girl to attend St. Jude’s School in Tanzania for one year. This has evolved into a continuous scholarship funded by bake sales. Kelsey also began a KIVA micro finance program at school and has funded dozens of people starting small business in many countries to provide for their families.
Kelsey was the lead in “Oklahoma” at school, a finalist in the Shakespeare competition and captain of the CIF-winning girl’s tennis team.
Kelsey has also been honored by the La Jolla Rotary, receiving a scholarship for college.
Kelsey was honored as the “Scholar-Artist of LJCDS” for her high GPA and performances.
Kelsey will be attending Harvard College next year where she will study “international relations with a focus on global development, specifically through education.”
Kelsey, who has won numerous honors and awards over the years in a variety of academic, artistic, athletic and philanthropic pursuits, was also honored with the La Jolla Country Day School Faculty Award for the female student who most exemplified the LJCDS ideals of scholar, artist and athlete of character.
Kesley will be working at an intern for Project Concern International this summer.
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