Students Give Thanks: Keesha Klinck

Scholarship recipient: Keesha Klinck



Name of scholarship(s) you have received: Business Alumni Chapter Scholarship/ Lee and Joan Kramer Scholarship
Current residence: Adamsville, Tennessee
Hometown: Adamsville, Tennessee
College: Fogelman College of Business and Economics – Lambuth Campus
Major: BBA Management
2014-2015 Classification: Senior
Year Graduating: 2016


Why did you choose University of Memphis?
Attending the University of Memphis has been a dream of mine for a long time. When I was a child, two of my aunts attended and graduated from Memphis State. I remember visiting them in Memphis and touring the campus. I always had the latest Memphis State apparel. They both have been very influential in my life. I was beyond excited when UofM purchased Lambuth. I hoped that they would incorporate the Fogelman Business College into the degree programs offered. I wanted to transfer earlier but because of financial reasons it was more economical for me complete my degree at JSCC. I can't wait to finally be a UofM student!

What is unique about you? How are you different from other students at UofM?
I have never really described myself as unique, but when asked I would have to say that I always strive to improve. Even when I do a good job I want a critique so I know how to do better the next time. I am extremely fascinated with learning. I am open to new ideas. I enjoy getting to know my professors and gaining every bit of knowledge I can from them. I want to be better today than I was yesterday. I want others around me to succeed also. I am truly here for an education, not just the piece of paper at the end.

Describe any extra-curricular or community service efforts. What personal impact have they had on you?
I have been involved with many different extra-curricular activities, community service projects, and volunteer efforts. The project that has the most influence on me is the Angel Tree Reach Out Program. The program is a Christmas assistance program that supplies families in need with gifts for their children at Christmas. This program continues to bless me in so many ways and restores my faith in humanity. It also reminds me every year to be thankful. You never know what is going on in someone else's life and no matter how bad things seem to be that time there is someone out there that is in a worse situation.

What has your college experience been like so far?
Although I am a transfer student from JSCC, my college experience so far has been wonderful. I anticipate my experience at UofM to be even better. Especially if everyone is as supportive and helpful as those that I have met at the Lambuth Campus and those I have corresponded with at the main campus.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am not completely sure of what I want to do after graduation. I am a very goal oriented, and I set small goals to reach my big goal. As of now, my goal is to receive my BBA with a major in management and a minor in non-profit and public administration without putting a huge financial strain or burden on my family. I would love to hold a community enhancement position or assist in recruiting business and industry to my community or throughout Tennessee.

If you were to meet your donor in person, how would you describe what receiving a donor-funded scholarship means to you?
These scholarships gave me peace of mind knowing that I can continue my education without my family's financial sacrifices. I will be able to show my children the difference that an education can make and eventually be able to provide a better life for them. Because of your generosity, I will be able to reach my goals, and for that I will always be grateful.