Kelli Slater


My name is Kelli Slater, and I am currently a graduating senior at Howard University majoring in Political Science. I attended Howard my freshman and sophomore years, but during those times I was struggling socially and personally, and this only worsened when two of my family members (my grandmother, who lived next door to me and moved in with my family after her Alzheimers worsened, and my uncle, who lived less than half a mile down the street from us)fell ill. I then decided to transfer to an institution closer to home so I could visit more often. The spring of my junior year, these family members died within days of each other. Awhile after their passing, I realized that there was nothing holding me close to home, and I reached out to Howard to see if my scholarship could be reinstated. They told me that they saw no reason it would not be reinstated, so I applied to transfer back to Howard and I returned in the fall. However, after appealing to have my scholarship reinstated, they denied this appeal in late October, contrary to what they told me that spring. I am now scrambling to find the money to clear the balance on my tuition so that I can graduate in May and begin law school this fall.

At Howard, I was a Chapel Assistant, Communications Director for the Howard Democrats, a member of the Political Science Honour Society, and a member of the Honors Program. At FSU, I was on the Office of Governmental Affairs for the Student Government Association and the Press and Publicity Chair for the Black Law Students' Association, all while maintaining a work-study job in the political science department. I have interned at the office of Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (my congressman), the House of Representatives' Committee on Homeland Security, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. I currently hold a 3.75 GPA. Throughout my college career, no matter the obstacles I have faced I have tried to prepare myself for my future to the best of my abilities. I am sincerely asking that you help me get to this finish line so that I can attend law school and hopefully become a civil rights attorney.

Thank you so much for any help you are able to give me. It is so sincerely appreciated.