JRF Scholar Profile: Kenya Wright
June 15, 2015 - Scholars
JRF Scholar Kenya Wright is a senior at Brown University pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship, Energy and the Environment. Sponsored by JRF board member Joseph J. Plumeri, the Oakland native completed a summer internship where she conducted home energy and water assessments and installations in northern California.
“JRF is the most important community that I have been a part of in college,” said Kenya. “The monetary award is secondary to the inspiration, support, and resources provided by the staff and sponsors. The Mentorship & Leadership Conference (MLC) is like a family reunion that I look forward to every year.”
With the 2015 MLC rapidly approaching, Kenya looks forward to reconnecting with friends during the four-day conference in New York. “I am especially grateful for the support I received at my MLC family gathering just one week after my grandmother passed away,” she said. “The advice carried me through my most difficult semester in college and I cannot thank the JRF enough.” Fully maximizing her time off from school last summer, Kenya also served as the clerical manager for an Ear, Nose and Throat surgery clinic in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. In this vital position, she helped facilitate 412 clinic visits, 82 surgeries, 197 audiograms, and the distribution of 180 hearing aids. Kenya looks forward to traveling abroad again this summer fully committed to impacting communities with limited resources.
In recognition of her volunteerism abroad, Kenya received the Global Changemaker Legacy Award presented by the Foundation of Global Scholars. She is also a member of the Brown University Climate Change TRI-Lab, a social lab committed to addressing environmental health and justice in Providence, Rhode Island. Further demonstrating her commitment to protecting the environment, Kenya also works as a Teaching Assistant for esteemed science journalist and former science editor of The New York Times, Cornelia Dean, who teaches a course on sea levels.
With the ultimate goal of addressing climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands, this talented Scholar seeks an internship at an environmental law firm for the fall with the hopes of studying in Fiji and Bolivia during 2016.