Awarded $20,000 Scholarship
Shroder High School Senior Qwadry-Ishamel Kelsey has a lot to smile about these days.
He was named the 2019 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and awarded a $20,000 scholarship.
There were a total of six finalists from Cincinnati. Selection criteria included academic achievement and leadership skills. The finalists were also required to give a speech about their own personal obstacles and extraordinary achievement, said Rasheda Malcolm-Cromwell, vice president of development, Cincinnati Boys and Girls Club.
“Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive,” Malcolm-Cromwell added.
Kelsey has been active in the local Boys & Girls Club for 10 years. “I owe the club my life and I am forever thankful for the club’s contributions to me and members just like myself,” Kelsey said in his speech to the judges at the Great American Ball Park.
“The Boys and Girls Club has helped me move a step closer to many of my goals.” he added.
It was through his involvement in the club that he discovered a love of robotics. Now he shares his knowledge with the younger members of the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club by teaching robotics classes.
In addition to robotics, Kelsey loves cars. “I’m proud to announce that I bought my first car. It’s a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta in a gorgeous midnight blue. It’s not completely running right now but I’ve assembled parts and it is almost ready to drive,” he said in his speech.
“I have two main goals that relate to cars. My short term goal is to get my license and save enough money for car insurance and my long term goal is to earn a bachelor’s in engineering and eventually work in the car industry.”
For Kelsey, the Boys & Girls Club was more than a place to gather with friends. The organization had a significant impact on his life. “They let me see my potential.”
After high school graduation, Kelsey plans to attend Wright State University and earn a degree in mechanical engineering.
As the winner of the Cincinnati competition, Kelsey advances to the regional competition. Regional winners will advance to the national event in Atlanta.