Los Angeles resident and Seattle Pacific University student Chanel Smith was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Council of Independent Colleges and HSBC North America Holdings Inc.
The scholarship from the HSBC First Opportunity Partner program provides financial support to promising seniors who are first-generation college students, minorities, new American families, or have high financial need.
Smith is involved in the Black Student Union and was a former coordinator for MOSAIC, a student club committed to establishing cross-cultural connections at SPU. She also works in the Undergraduate Admissions office as a member of Seattle Pacific Intercultural Recruitment Intern Team. After college, she would like to own a recreational center to tutor and mentor youths. Smith is a communications major.
HSBC North America Holdings Inc. is the holding company for all HSBC’s U.S. and Canadian business, including the former Household International business. It is one of the top ten financial services organizations in the U.S., serving 60 million customers with assets approaching $300 billion.
The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 700 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities, and higher education affiliates and organizations that works together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society.