POSITIVE OUTLOOKS: Bishop Kelley graduate Melissa King, left, recently founded the Positive Outlook Foundation which awarded its first three scholarships to, from left next to King, Rachel Corbin Ljubinka Huseinovic and Alondra Hatter.
Courtesy WAYNE McCOMBS
Bishop Kelley graduate Melissa King’s organization, Positive Outlook Foundation, awarded its first scholarships to three senior students at Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis, Mo. Rachel Corbin, Alondra Hatter and Ljubinka Huseinovic were selected from Metro’s senior class for their determination to rise above obstacles and clear personal hurdles in the pursuit of their ambitions, goals and dreams.
Positive Outlook Foundation was started by King while she was earning a chemical engineering degree at Rice University in Houston. King graduated from Bishop Kelley High School in 2002 and was Valedictorian. She is currently a second year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School Of Management in Boston, Mass.
After conducting activities in Texas and Oklahoma, Positive Outlook Foundation intends to build a strong base in St. Louis, where King was an intern this summer for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. with plans to return after graduation to its management program. On behalf of POF, King has made personal appearances in school assemblies, organized test preparation book drives and has now awarded its first scholarships.
“These awards take POF to a more active and personal level,” says King. “We really want to support and encourage young leaders who have approached their lives with a positive attitude so that they will be effective role models for other young people.”
This year’s scholarship recipients do indeed have great potential as they begin college this fall. Corbin, already acquainted with scientific research through a volunteer program at Washington University Medical School, will be majoring in biology at Yale University. Hatter has gained business experience as the concession manager at Metro and will study at Southeastern Missouri State University to become a child psychologist. Huseinovic, a native of Bosnia and varsity tennis player, will attend Purdue University and major in electrical engineering. Each of the young women received a $500 scholarship funded by a corporate donation to POF.
“I am so proud of these young women and anxious to see where their drive and determination take them in the years to come,” King says.
Positive Outlook Foundation is a 501©(3) non-profit organization that plans to expand its scholarship program. To learn more about Positive Outlook Foundation, visit www.positiveoutlookfoundation.org or email King at email@example.com.