Characterized as “mature beyond her years” by teachers, advisors, and Rezvan Foundation Board members alike, 2018 Rezvan Foundation Scholarship Awardee Leilah D. graduated from high school with a 4.1 GPA and an unstoppable drive to be a motivating force to other students in the foster care system.
Although an unsafe and unreliable family unit meant that many of her childhood years were spent parenting her younger sister while being moved from one foster home to the next, Leilah decided early on that the best use of her focus in an otherwise difficult upbringing, was school.
“My childhood was not made up of the best experiences,” Leilah shared, “but education was my escape, and it soon became my strength….my motivation to keep on living and experiencing life…I value learning and using knowledge to become a better human.”
Leilah maintained a significantly active role in high school by participating in clubs, leadership organizations, competitions, community service and being on the Principal’s Honor Roll, and became known for her dedication, determination, and ability to focus.
The first person to go to a four-year University in her family, Leilah attends The University of California at Davis. In addition to working diligently towards a professional career as a Graphic Designer, Leilah intends to start a year-round mentorship program for foster youth and teens, so that they will always have someone there to cheer them on throughout their own development.
“It is difficult to find the motivation and encouragement to push yourself through life the way I did,” says Leilah, “but I did it, and continue to push for more opportunities and successes.”