Meet our Scholars: Jaelyn Holland

by The Philadelphia Project

The Philadelphia Project is blessed to be in partnership with Eastern University who is supportive of the mission and goals of The Philadelphia Project and Roxborough Church to see college graduates returning to and investing in the local neighborhoods of Philadelphia. The partnership that we have created will honor the ministry of the Project while building a bold Christian witness in our great city.  Our hopes are that this partnership will leave a legacy in the years ahead of us that will have a long-lasting Kingdom impact.  Together we offered a four-year scholarship to two individuals who will continue to remain involved with TPP as they are educated at EU beginning in the fall of 2017. Please meet Davier Daniels and Jaelyn Holland, our 2017-2018 TPP Scholars! 

Jaelyn Holland

Tell me about yourself… My name is Jaylen. I am 18 years old and I attend Upper Dublin High School and I am one of 7 kids. I’m heavily involved in the music ministry in the church and I love kids!

What is the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t know?… I express myself through my hair. My hair is currently pink right now. I started this when I found out that I wasn’t allowed to get piercings or tattoos and then I started to learn that my body is my temple and I started to respect it more.

How have you been involved with the ministry at The Philadelphia Project?… In the summer of 2015 I worked at TPP as a junior intern. I spent my entire summer there. It was an amazing experience. I did a lot of behind the scenes work that most people would expect to be done already. It got me out of my comfort zone. God used JP to teach me and understand that I wasn’t just working that I was serving and God taught me through everything I had to do. In 2016 I spent one week at TPP serving in the same way.

How did you feel when you heard you were the recipient of a  four-year scholarship to Eastern University?… I was really surprised and it was unexpected. I was feeling discouraged when I still hadn’t heard back from schools that I have applied to and I was worried about the money aspect of education. After hearing about the scholarship I felt amazed!  I was relieved, thankful and proud of myself!

What are you most excited about as you prepare for college?…I’m most excited to connect with more people who are interested in what I am interested in. Hopefully, I can help them as much as they can help me as I pursue college and a career.

What is your greatest fear about the upcoming year?… My greatest fear is having a plan and an agenda set for what I want to do and God has a different plan for my life.

What do you hope to be able to do with your education that you receive from Eastern?… I want to do special education and change kids lives. I want to change the criteria of what they are being taught yet something crazy could happen that I would never expect and I could end up in nursing or something else God has planned for me.

As our supporters at The Philadelphia Project read this, how can they continue to pray for you going forward?… I know that what I’m doing in the near future will need a lot of patience. I would ask prayer for patience and encouragement because I know it won’t be easy. One of the main reasons I’m doing this is because it will be challenging but worth it in the end.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?…I want to thank my parents for enforcing God within me and always teaching me that God has a plan for my life.

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