Oluwasemilore Ojerinde, who goes by the name Semi, first heard of the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation when she was a freshmen at LHS Killough and dreamt of one day becoming a LEF Scholarship recipient. She left no stone unturned as she dived into student activities on a mission to better herself and the community around her.
AVID, National Honor Society, Student Council, FCA, MLK Contestant, Kindness Ambassador, Library Volunteer, you name it and she’s done it, receiving countless awards and participating in community outreach programs, all while working a part time job. She credits her LHS teachers and counselors for supporting and advising her through her busy high school career.
“As a Student Council Officer, Mrs. Stamey and Mr. Moser were absolutely helpful in learning how to manage myself and balance schoolwork and job requirements,” she says.
“All the teachers were so nice and very helpful in guiding us as to how college would be like through the little talks that I had with them. My counselor Mrs. Ortiz was also a huge help in advising me on the way college life would be depending on what steps I take.”
Semi continues to stay involved in school and community programs as she pursues a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
“My most fun experience has been joining a Social Media team for a new project, the Toyin Falola Interviews, that one of my professors started so that he can produce interviews and discussions with prominent African scholars and personalities on the issues that are prevalent in Africa,” she says.
Her main goal is to manage her time well and excel in her undergraduate studies so she may one day apply for a renowned graduate school and receive a doctorate, a goal she is sure to achieve when you look at how dedicated she was at achieving her goal of receiving a LEF scholarship in high school.
“Ever since I have heard of LEF in 9th grade, I have always dreamed of winning one of the scholarships and this year I was so blessed to win two of them,” she says.
The two scholarships Semi was awarded were the Dr. King Service Scholarship in Honor of Vernell Gregg ($500) and the Carl and Patsy Buck Honorary Scholarship ($3,000). When the COVID-19 pandemic led to a few changes in job circumstances for her family, Semi was even more elated to receive her scholarship funds.
“The LEF Scholarship was a huge source of blessing because while my family was recovering from the changes. I didn’t have to worry about trying to make ends meet because the LEF Scholarship was there as a blessing to use for my tuition,” she says.
The Lewisville ISD Education Foundation scholarship application is open annually between November and January for all LISD seniors. If you know of an LISD student graduating this year or would like to volunteer to be a scholarship essay reader, visit lisdef.com for more information.
“I would just like to say a huge, huge thank you to everyone who was involved in making LEF possible and running until now,” she says.
“This is a truly impactful program and I pray it continues to grow bigger each year. Thank you so much again and to every LISD high-schooler, please make sure to apply!”