Leni Leota

Class of: 2017
School: McAuley High School
Scholarship Partner: Rutherford Rede

Leni and her family emigrated from Samoa in 2009. She is from Samoan, German, and Chinese descent. Her father has worked long hours supporting the family and takes ill often. Even though she has wanted to become a doctor from a young age, seeing her father’s health challenges has inspired her further to study medicine so that she can help not only her immediate family but to give back to communities at large and, in her own words, "to save lives".

In Leni’s application she quoted Proverbs 1:8 - "Hear the instruction of your father and do not reject the teaching of your mother." Leni’s faith plays a big part in her life.

Leni attended McAuley High School and will be the first in her family to go to university.