Meet student Kyla Hawkins
Marketing major Kyla Hawkins will soon be the first in her family to earn a bachelor's degree, but her college experience almost came to an abrupt end when her family's business closed during her freshman year. With the help of scholarship support, she was able to continue her education and continue working toward her big dreams for her future.
Below, Kyla describes what the scholarship support meant for her and how she is using her second-chance at a Loyola education.
Kyla Hawkins on her Loyola journey
"Three years ago, I arrived on the Lake Shore Campus, excited by all the opportunities Loyola offers and ready to fulfill my dream to be the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
"But only a few weeks into my freshman year, I thought my dream was coming to an end. My family’s business closed unexpectedly, and my family and I scrambled to pay for tuition. Then Loyola reached out to me and offered me the scholarship support I needed to continue my studies.
"I’ve turned this second chance into a busy three years. In addition to my studies, I have two jobs. For the Family Business Center at Loyola, I serve as the events and marketing intern and work directly with its member businesses. I also work nights and weekends at Nordstrom Rack. Over the summer, the Family Business Center connected me with a marketing internship for Magid Glove & Safety, a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of personal protective equipment, and I worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a customer service representative. These professional experiences help support my education and have given me great hands-on marketing skills.
"On campus, I am an active member of three student organizations: Women in Business, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity. I am also working with Loyola’s Wellness Center to develop a student organization dedicated to creating safe spaces for students of all races and ethnicities.
"I'm still figuring out what I want to do after graduation with my marketing degree. I’m considering building a business around the outerwear fashion line I recently started. I’m also very interested in real estate and plan to earn my real estate license before I graduate. Once I find my career path, I want to return to school for a master’s degree.
"Through all of this, the support of donors has been such a blessing for me and my family. As soon as I can, I plan to return the favor and give to Loyola’s scholarship fund, as I understand the huge difference these funds can make for a student.
"If you are able to make a gift now, visit LUC.edu/supportQuinlan. I speak for myself and for all Loyola scholarship recipients when I say, thank you!"