About the Campaign
- A Lamar HS graduate, Tra’Vecia is a first-generation college student majoring in mass communications (public relations) and minoring in African American studies at LSU.
- Tra’Vecia has a servant’s heart, attending Young Life Camp and also mentoring and supporting youth with disabilities in a variety of settings.
- Her Aunt Jacqui was helping fill her tuition gap until she passed away last spring.
- Tra’Vecia dreams of being a publicist or crisis manager and one day starting her own Public Relations firm.
- Tra’Vecia’s full financial need is $7,041. The edfurther scholarship goal is set at $1,000, though support can exceed this goal.
As a business magnet student at Lamar High School, Tra’Vecia participated in dance, theater, young life, student council, National Honor Society, yearbook, and service clubs. After her junior year of high school, she participated in Young Life Camp in Colorado and mentored young adults with disabilities at a Young Life camp in Florida. During her senior year, she served as president of Best Buddies, an organization devoted solely to one-to-one friendships and leadership development for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
She graduated Lamar in the top 30 percent of her class, and is a first-generation college student. Tra’Vecia dreams of being a publicist or crisis manager and one day starting her own Public Relations firm.
Tra’Vecia tells her story best.
“Even more than my parents, Jacquelyn McGee, my great aunt and also my godmother, contributed to my upbringing significantly. She impacted every aspect of my life. She supported me mentally, financially, and emotionally, and she also paid the remaining portion of my tuition after financial aid and grants. My aunt recently passed away on March 20, 2016. I hope to carry on her legacy and strive to my fullest potential in my remaining years at LSU and post-graduation, but I cannot do it without further financial assistance.”
“My dream is to impact someone else’s life the way my aunt has impacted mine. I want to teach young girls that it is okay to be independent and strong, but it is also okay to ask for help. As my aunt so graciously showed me, I want to show others that you do not have to be perfect in order to be worthy. Despite financial obstacles, I remain committed to pursuing these dreams and my education at. I hope you will consider me worthy of a scholarship as I continue my aunt’s legacy.”
In her first year at LSU, Tra’Vecia was chosen as a social media strategist for ImPRint Communications, a student-run public relations firm. She is majoring in public relations and an active member of Public Relations Student Society of America, Minority Women’s Movement, and Young Life.
As Tra’Vecia says, “I have learned and experienced so many new things here, from cheering in Death Valley on a Saturday night to putting in hours studying at Middleton Library.”
Service also matters to Tra’Vecia, she has served as a Young Life Capernaum Leader, mentoring teens with intellectual disabilities while they embark on new experiences and as a math buddy with Volunteer in Public Schools, helping elementary students who have challenges with learning math. “This support will carry far, helping others brings many blessings.”
Motivation and faith drives Tra’Vecia. “Without my faith, I am nothing. So many people have tried to discourage me from following my dreams but believing in myself has saved me.”
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