One thing is certain about Kiera Fletcher; when opportunity knocks, she won’t hesitate to open the door. And, when she reaches a goal, she already has her mind set on the next.
“I have so many big dreams, so many things that I know I was created to do,” she says. “There are so many ideas just waiting to be explored.”
Kiera started off her high school experience as an above-average student, earning a 3.15 GPA by the end of her freshman year. While many students would have been completely satisfied with such an academic record, Kiera only saw opportunities for improvement.
“She became determined to improve her GPA,” says Susan Eichenauer, Kiera’s guidance counselor at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio. “She attempted new study methods, formed study groups, asked for help and even tutored her peers. By the end of her sophomore year, she increased her GPA from 3.15 to 3.7.”
But, Kiera didn’t stop there. “She ended her junior year, the year many students describe as the ‘dreaded year,’ with exactly a 4.0,” says Eichenauer. “When Kiera does something, she does it WELL!”
Described by her high school teachers as highly independent, confident and dedicated to achieving her personal best, Kiera was a natural leader among her peers.
“She has a positive attitude,” says Angela Hammerly, Kiera’s former math teacher. “Her work was meticulous, and she was a very active participant in the classroom. She demonstrated her leadership abilities while working with other students in small group settings. And she exhibited self-confidence by asking questions, presenting problems on the board and explaining her work to the class.”
Kiera’s “contagious” personality made her a popular student both in and out of the classroom. She was a cheerleader throughout high school – never hesitating to grab the microphone to get the crowd’s attention. She even emceed the school’s pep rallies.
Despite her popularity, Kiera had her heart set on life after graduation.
“If wanting something with all of your heart was all it took to get it, then fulfilling my dreams of becoming a Neonatologist would’ve already come to pass,” Kiera says. “I have a true passion and interest in the human body and have a natural inclination to care for and nurture people, especially newborn babies. I believe that I will be able to prosper in this career and, hopefully, make a huge contribution to the medical field.”
Like so many students, Kiera had the drive and determination, but lacked the funds to take the next step. Women’s Alliance was proud to offer her a $2,000 Senior Award scholarship, renewable each year of her undergraduate studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Today, Kiera is poised to graduate from college, and has her sights set on postgraduate studies. In her scholarship application, Kiera promised to be worth the investment. Women’s Alliance can say, with confidence, that she has been worth every penny.