Keyshawn is from Akron, Ohio. He is a student at Kent State University and is currently working while going to school to help pay down student debt. Keyshawn has dedicated a large percentage of his life to sports and studying to become a Sports Agent. We are happy to help Keyshawn on his journey and wish him and his family the best!
Message from Keyshawn
Thank you so much for the opportunity that you have gave me and my family, we really appreciate it!
I have played basketball since I was four years old. I played football until the 6th grade year. So, I have played basketball for 14 years and organized football for 3 years.
Sports have impacted my life in a huge way. I have bonded with my family through sports and that has shaped me to become the person that I am today.
This scholarship will help me in my career goals a lot. My family is struggling right now, balancing between tuition and other bills. The help of the scholarship will put less stress on me and my family and we would be extremely grateful. I do have one special circumstance impacting my need for financial assistance. My dad had back surgery recently. After the surgery, water filled up his lungs. He got taken to the ER and was in a medically induced coma for a few hours. Gratefully, he made a full recovery but the ICU/ Hospital bills are a lot for my family.
Message from Dejan
Receiving this scholarship is such a privilege and honour. The financial aid that this scholarship has provided me will most definitely ease some of the stresses involved in my first year of university. Thank you so much for the time and consideration put forth in helping me become the best version of myself!
Throughout my life, sports have played a very critical role in my development as a person and athlete. From the teamwork skills that I developed from soccer when I was young, to securing my first job at a bike shop from getting involved with the local bike racing community; sports have aided me to become the person I am today. They have allowed me to achieve goals beyond what I thought to be possible and employ good habits for success on and off the course, court or field.
This scholarship will help me follow my career goal in becoming a Mechanical Engineer. I hope to use my knowledge from that degree to help enhance the sports I love – specifically bikes. I would love to design and experiment with new suspension platforms for mountain bikes to achieve the overall “feeling” that I have gotten to know and love.
Message from Jordane
Immigrating from China to Whistler, B.C. around the age of one as an adopted child, my life from then on changed drastically. Many of my childhood memories consist of downhill skiing, cross country skiing, skating on the frozen lakes during the winters or mountain biking, hiking and swimming during the summers.
In the transition into focusing more on my academic studies, I decreased the amount of exercise which impacted my overall physical health. The fall of 2018 was the year I had my wake-up call to change my lifestyle. In 2018, I injured my knee dislocating my patella, tearing my MPFL (Medial Patellofemoral Ligament), and numerous other complications occurred. After my MPFL reconstruction surgery and had a long six-month rehabilitation, it was a gift to walk without crutches or a cane. Being given the freedom to use my leg again, I took advantage of the opportunity and began living an active lifestyle. Running for me after my injury felt like flying.
For the past ten years, work for my father as a transit bus driver has been sporadic and inconsistent due to his accident and cancer treatments; from not working at all to only part-time. The money earned from my father’s health insurance was a radical game of monopoly, with months of no income. This scholarship has enabled me to continue to pursue my post-secondary education.
Thank You LINEUPS for your support!
Message from Kadie
I want to personally thank you for choosing me as a recipient to receive your scholarship. It means so much to me and my family, we are left speechless and so enterally grateful to have been impacted by your generosity.
Again thank you for your financial support. I am truly grateful to have been selected as a winner.
My name is Kadie Galewaler and I will be attending the State University of New York at Oneonta this fall. I will be majoring in Exercise Science with a pre-medical track to become an orthopedic surgeon MD.
Growing up, I was abused by my father which led to his incarceration. This caused me to become very independent and a strong woman as me and my mother are not too close, to begin with. Growing up with my mom, I realized how hard it is to maintain a minimum wage job and collect unemployment insurance in times when needed. This phase of our lives was the most devastating as we entered severe poverty.
Several years later, at the age of 14, I injured my knee at my high school softball game. I was brought to the emergency room but then referred to a bone and joint clinic where I met my orthopedic surgeon. Over this time, I was more than moved when my physician did not just treat me as a diagnosis, but rather a person, a friend. Having a physician several years later after my father's incarceration, who actually cared for me over a long period of time, made me feel safe, something I never had growing up. This inspired me to carry on the legacy of my former physician of treating patients that they matter.
When I was 15 years old, I had the opportunity to volunteer at my local hospital rotating through the following fields: Ambulatory Surgical Services, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. I was able to shadow my former surgeon performing surgery and that was such an incredible experience. I know for sure that is the field I want to go into.
When working, I did not just shadow. After hours at home, I was putting together my own medical textbooks by researching medical terminology, sketching anatomical diagrams, and learning how to suture. All of this information has resulted in the formation of two large binders which has led me to have very deep, yet intellectual conversations with the doctors, nurses, and patients that I have encountered. While working at Columbia Memorial Hospital, my work was appreciated and I was valued for the time that I dedicated to better enhance my experience. The hospital became my new home, my heart.
How I plan my success in my life is to keep up the continuous work ethic and carry the strength and resiliency that I have now. Looking back at where I have come from, being abused, feeling alone, and living in severe poverty knowing that I am still so young as a 17-year-old, I can not believe how I changed my life around using my injury as leverage. I can not express in words how thankful I am for my injury for bringing me so much peace and direction. I look up to my former physician as my very own father figure, to have met a person who has brought me so much closure and guidance, I couldn't ask for anything better.
I am pushing to enter the medical field to be able to implement this form of practice, to help people in ways more than what they came to the clinic for. To listen to the person that is sitting in front of me rather than treating their diagnosis alone. Ten years from now, I want to keep pushing for the things that I am now. I want to feel as if my work has paid off, not just for me successfully practicing medicine but for others to battle their fears and experiences. Hopefully, I will be the one that someone runs up to and hugs me tightly because I have helped them in a way that could never be reciprocated. No matter your circumstances and age, you can rise again if you follow your dreams.
Message from Myles
My name is Myles Wright, and I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am currently a graduate student studying to get my MBA at Florida Institute of Technology. I have been in sports my entire life playing football, basketball, and running track. I was blessed to receive an academic and athletic scholarship to play football in college. Sports have helped me become the man I am today by teaching me many life lessons such as resilience when I tore my labrum and had to have surgery.
I was a former member of the university’s football team up until the program was cut following the pandemic. This became a very tough time in my life as the decision came without warning and a game that I played since I was four years old was suddenly taken away. To make matters worse, I was also informed that I was no longer being awarded my athletic scholarship for the MBA program I had already begun and being that my academic scholarship was for undergraduate only, I am not completely responsible for funding my MBA.
I want thank Lineups and their team for awarding me this scholarship to help me complete my goal of finishing my MBA as it is a prerequisite to my goal of becoming a sports agent. This will help lower the overall cost for me and my family. I am also currently working at Orangetheory Fitness as a sales ambassador and soon to be fitness coach as I just got my personal trainer certification to help pay for my school and living expenses. I am extremely grateful for this award and for the ability to continue my education.
Message from Nolan
I’m honoured to be chosen as a recipient of this scholarship. Thank you to the Lineups Team for their help alleviating the financial burden that post-secondary education has on my family. It’s been a difficult year full of uncertainty, and I sincerely appreciate their generosity towards helping students reach their goals.
I was certainly not the most gifted in athletics growing up, nor was I excelling at my school work. There were many times that I wanted to take the easy route and say that sports and school weren’t for me, but after competing in wrestling for four years, I was titled as the 2019-2020 Athlete of the Year and Wrestling MVP while achieving Honours with Distinction. Being involved in athletics taught me resilience and balance; I’ve learned integral life lessons through sports, and strive to carry forward these values throughout my studies at the University of Calgary and other aspects of life.