Diversity Advancement Scholarship
Illinois Institute of Technology
South Berwick, ME
“Jalion has an amazing work ethic and is extremely creative. She is determined and focused serves as role model for the class …while she is so engaged with her own studies she will not hesitate to stop and help others. She does so happily.”
Jalion McLean is an African-American high school senior from Maine. While dual-enrolled in her local community college, she is on track to graduate with 27 college credits, 15 of which will come from the completion of her 2-year Engineering and Architectural Design Course. During her high school career, she served her school and community as her class representative, SkillsUSA Chapter President at her technical school, Southern Regional Vice President for the SkillsUSA Maine State Officer Team, and an active member of her school’s student government, garden and theater clubs.
Jalion has competed at the state level in Architectural Design and Prepared Speech, she received bronze in both. Jalion is certified in Solidworks at the Associate level, and hopes to utilize her background in engineering basics to further her career in architecture. She was Sanford Regional Technical Center’s 2019 Student of the Year, and will be graduating as a member of Technical Honors Society.
Her instructor, Mr. Russell Clark, speaks of Jalion’s talent and motivation for her chosen field of architecture, but is quick to point out that “Jalion has an amazing work ethic and is extremely creative. She is determined and focused serves as role model for the class …while she is so engaged with her own studies she will not hesitate to stop and help others. She does so happily.” Jalion hopes to go on to design sustainable and green buildings, using architecture to innovate and empower the world around her. Jalion will attend Illinois Institute of Technology in the fall, where she will working towards her Bachelor’s in Architecture.