Gateway High School senior, Kellie Lam, was recently named a Class of 2020 Greenhouse Scholar. Lam was one of 22 students selected from Colorado, Illinois and Georgia. The newest group of Greenhouse Scholars joins 185 current scholars and alums of the highly selective four-year program.
Lam plans to attend the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall and pursue a career in law and public health. Lam's parents left Vietnam as refugees. They worked as house cleaners to provide a better life for their family.
Although Lam did not speak English consistently until she started school, she said she often drew motivation from her mother’s repeated refrain of “work hard and show everyone you deserve everything you have."
Lam heeded her mother's advice and worked diligently to earn a 4.0 grade point average in the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
As a young leader in the Vietnamese-American community, she has tutored and mentored younger students at her local middle school. She has also served as a translator and guide for recent Vietnamese immigrants.
Congratulations to Lam on being named a Class of 2020 Greenhouse Scholar!
About Greenhouse Scholars
Greenhouse Scholars, an education non-profit organization founded in 2005, serves low-income college students who are exceptionally high performing. Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, service to community, demonstrated leadership skills, and financial need. Through its "Whole Person" approach of intellectual, academic, professional, and financial support Greenhouse Scholars cultivates leaders to change low-income families and communities. To date, Greenhouse Scholars has served more than 200 students from Colorado, Illinois, and Georgia. Click here to learn more about Greenhouse Scholars.