Whitley O'Neal


I applied to numerous scholarships during my senior year at Kenwood Academy. I received two small scholarships for one year from JP Morgan Chase and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I got notification that I won the Gates Millennium Scholarship in April right before I was preparing to make my final decision on what school to attend. I had applied to and was accepted to numerous schools including: Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, The Ohio State University, Hampton University, The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and many more. That scholarship was the deciding factor on the school that I would go to. I decided on Northwestern University and it was the best decision I made. I gained an enormous amount of experience and life skills that I am forever grateful for. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Policy and Education. I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I currently work as a claim professional with Travelers Insurance. I enjoy helping students reach their full potential because that is how I was able to get through Northwestern University. It was through the support of my teachers and mentors that I am able to have experienced so much and be where I am today. I want to be a catalyst for change and what better way than helping those similar to you.