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Emily Chang


Class of: 2025
Hometown: Santa Clarita, California
School: College of Arts and Science
Major(s): Economics and Computer Science

Emily always found herself fascinated by the creative freedom that entrepreneurship gave her. She was constantly working at the sewing machine or weilding a glue gun, ready to create a product for people to enjoy. This eventually culminated in the creation of her own 501(c)(3) non-profit, Stella and Luna. Stella and Luna, a handmade jewelry company that donated 100% of the proceeds to domestic violence shelters, was a way to utilize a business venture she was passionate about for a greater community need. By fulfilling orders, maintaining partnerships with beneficiary shelters, designing and photographing new collections, and partnering with social media influencers to reach millions of viewers about her cause, Emily was able to raise thousands of dollars for her partner shelters. Emily also wanted to utilize her platform to pursue other outreach projects. She worked with a local shelters to host free jewelry making classes for the women and children in her hometown, donated products to healthcare workers at the Cedars Sinai Hospital during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and much more. 

 

Her desire to couple entrepreneurship with a more community-oriented mindset pushed Emily to apply for the Bank of America Student Leaders Internship the summer before her senior year of high school. Chosen among 1.6% of all applicants across the Los Angeles County, Emily was able to collaborate with four other interns to consult on public relations and marketing campaigns for the Boys and Girls Club in order to boost the next round of sponsorships. Working closely with bank executives and non-profit leaders of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation emboldened her to work as a marketing and fundraising committee member for a local non-profit, Single Mothers Outreach (SMO). Consistent with her drive to uplift the women in her community, working for SMO allowed Emily to take on multiple empowerment-based projects. From organizing free virtual tutoring classes for the children of single mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic to raising sponsorships for their largest fundraiser of the year, Emily’s work for SMO helped amplify her passion for the community.  

 

Emily aspires to help create a more equitable world, prompting her to gain a variety of perspectives on the world around her throughout high school. From volunteering at her local library to working with school administrators to implement sustainable changes on campus, she never overlooked the importance of working directly on the causes that inspired her. As her school’s Debate Team Captain competing in both Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas debates, she consistently challenged herself to become a better global citizen. Emily is honored to be an Ingram Scholar for the Class of 2025. She hopes to continue utilizing her education and the resources available to her through this program to advance the efforts in the communities around her.