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"I can win if I do not concede to obstacles."
Kevin Curry was about to start a State Department internship in Bolivia when his father asked if he would be willing to return home to help out the family. He forfeited the internship and later deferred graduate school in order to help out his family. "My past dilemma has transformed over time into a blessing," says Kevin. He gained a closer relationship with his family, reassessed his priorities and founded Common Horizons, an organization that facilitates the high school graduation process for disadvantaged students by encouraging them to make healthy, informed decisions about their academic and professional careers. "I affected lasting change in my community."
Now Kevin is pursuing a master's in public policy and will focus his studies in international political economy and security. Kevin says his career goals concern socially responsible, entrepreneurial approaches to diplomacy. He wants to develop institutions that will empower his local community and serve as catalysts for global change.
After being racial profiled by his campus police, Kevin spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness about the fallibility of racial profiling and to foster racial respect at his college. The effort led to the development of new school policies. Kevin has also served as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar in Quito, Ecuador working to promote humanitarianism through service and as a translator intern for the Texas House of Representatives. He says his life experiences remind him of the ever-present opportunity to serve and it motivates him to make a difference wherever he can.
University of Washington
University of California, San Francisco
Undergraduate Transfer Scholar