Kayla CromerKayla Cromer,  daughter of Kelly J. and Kelly A. Cromer,  is no stranger to personal challenge. As a student at Dowagiac Union High School, she dual-enrolled at Southwestern Michigan College where she completed 33 college credits with a 4.0 GPA. She was also awarded Salutatorian of her graduating class from DUHS, served on the National Honor Society, and received a varsity academic letter each year.  

As one of our scholarship recipients, Kayla has earned $1,000 towards her continued studies at Southwestern Michigan College. “I love advancing my knowledge and participating in opportunities to learn outside the classroom, like traveling to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.” Currently, she plans to study communications where she can make connections with others and perhaps enter public speaking.

While in high school, she enjoyed participating in the student senate and playing sports like soccer and cross country. However, her favorite passion has been rock climbing. “I like the individual challenge, pushing myself and telling myself to keep going when I feel nervous,” said Kayla. “You can always advance with climbing, and it’s a really cool skill to have.” She hopes to someday climb the Flatirons in Colorado and to make climbing a lifelong hobby.

As a member of Rotary Interact, she also learned the value of giving back. From collecting cans to helping kids, Kayla became invested in service to others and hopes to continue on that path. She also volunteered at the Cass County Fair as part of her responsibilities with 4-H Club, which she credits as teaching patience and responsibility. “You’ll never get better at something if you don’t practice,” remarked Kayla about caring for a sheep.

Congratulations Kayla. We know that your determination and drive will take you far. Keep on climbing!

Click here to watch Kayla’s video essay and stay tuned for updates on the 2018 scholarship program.