Edlyn is from California and attends Wellesley College in Massachusetts, double-majoring in Political Science and Classical Civilizations. Edlyn’s leadership positions include serving as the Founder/ Chair of the Pan-Asian Council, President of the Asian Student Union, College Government Senator, Public Speaking Tutor and Student Liaison for the Diversity Coalition.
She was recently nominated by her peers and won the “Unsung Hero” award sponsored by the Office of Student Activities at Wellesley College. Edlyn has been especially interested and passionate about community development. She was awarded a Community Service grant to volunteer in Tintoda Village near Ahmedabad, India, where she helped impoverished women learn how to make soap to sell within their villages to increase their livelihoods. She also managed to find time during the summer of 2007 to intern at Kiva Microfunds, where she helped assess the stability of microfinance institution partners so that more entrepreneurs in the developing world can benefit from repayable loans.
Edlyn intends to use half of the scholarship towards purchasing supplies to create English audio tapes for grade-school students in rural China. The other half of the scholarship will be used to create a leadership manual for student leaders within the Asian and Asian American community at Wellesley College. Edlyn is currently teaching English at a school in Shijiazhuang in China’s Hebei Province this winter break.