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Chelsea Shaut

  • Gender: Female
  • University: James Madison University
  • Undergraduate Degree: Kinesiology
  • Undergraduate Degree: Business
  • Organization: Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Position: Senior Manager, Program & Event Fundraising

Chelsea Shaut reports that her mother, whose family served in the US Navy, evacuated from Guam during the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba when she was 13. Her mother ended up in Maryland, which is where Chelsea was born and raised. Her father grew up in Clinton, New York, along with ten siblings.

Both of Chelsea’s parents attended college, and her two older brothers hold bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University and Clemson University, respectively. She says that being surrounded by what she describes as “inspiring people and factors,” motivated her to pursue and complete her higher education. She is the first woman in her family to have earned a bachelor’s degree.

She attended James Madison University, where she majored in physical therapy and then switched to Kinesiology, with a minor in Business. After graduating, she worked in recreational therapy to help children, adults, athletes, and the elderly with their physical health, recovery, and well-being, while cultivating and expanding her company’s patient base. She also served as an assistant coach to the girls’ varsity lacrosse team at her former high school. She then transitioned into sales positions, in both the real estate and technology industries. Prior to joining HSF, she worked with an autonomous-mobile-robotics company, spearheading its business development.

Today, Chelsea serves as HSF’s Senior Manager of Program and Event Fundraising. She explains that she had been “in search of a sales-minded position in an organization that also had an altruistic aspect to it,” prior to joining HSF. She adds that HSF has given her an opportunity to apply her business skills to a cause she believes in. And she expresses enthusiasm for the positive impact HSF is having on the next generation of leaders:

“I believe HSF’s contribution to the future of this country is that we are providing a tried-and-true way to help fill financial gaps for students and families, so a greater number of qualified and motivated rising leaders in the Hispanic community have the opportunity to pursue and complete a higher education. Additionally, by partnering with organizations, we are providing a connecting point for top companies and organizations to network with HSF’s rising Scholars, and vice-versa.”

Her advice to students considering a college track is to look at the bigger picture and make well-rounded, informed decisions about where to study. She recommends using all available resources, from school, community, and extended networks. And she stresses the importance of finding the right mentor, especially in the same field of interest. “A mentor in a related field that provides guidance and support as you navigate your higher education journey, and transition into the post-grad job hunt, will be pivotal.”