We received 89 applications to our Spare Funds scholarship from all over the world, including hopefuls from Pakistan, China, Ghana, Tunisia and India. They ranged in age from 18 to 59, majoring in everything from dance to microbiology. With so many interesting candidates, it was a difficult choice, but there was one clear winner. A rising junior at the University of Kentucky, the amazing Joyce Kim is our recipient of $5,000 for tuition and a semester of free self-storage.

Joyce is currently studying abroad in Valparaíso, Chile at the Pontificial Catholic University of Valparaíso, and she spent the last few months doing volunteer work in Arequipa, Peru.  Working in Peru, Joyce taught at an after-school program, tutoring children in English, reading, and creative writing.

Seeing as the inception of SpareFoot came from CEO Chuck’s struggle to find storage for his stint studying abroad in Singapore, Joyce was an apt choice. Plus, she is an extremely bright student with a big heart and ambitious career goals. We caught up the socially conscious jet setter via Skype.

John: Hey Joyce, how’s Chile?

Joyce: It’s beautiful here. I’m living with a Chilean host family, and it’s been awesome. They really try to incorporate me as a family member and not just a tenant, so that’s been really great to experience.

John: Wow, that sounds great, and you were doing volunteer work in Peru before that?

Joyce: Yeah, I was working at an organization called Put Them First. I led classes and made lesson plans for 5-7 year olds, it was an amazing experience!

John: Nice! So what do you plan on doing after school? And what are you studying now in Chile?

Joyce:  I would like to go to law school after undergrad and I’m interested in going into public interest law and working for some kind of non-profit organization. As of now I’m interested in human rights law or immigration law. And I’m a Spanish minor, so in Chile I’m taking classes with Chilean students, classes that count toward my Spanish minor.

John: And how did you find out about this scholarship?

Joyce: I found the Spare Funds Scholarship through my school’s study abroad Facebook page. I’m a financially independent student, so studying abroad is difficult. I was searching all over for scholarships. I didn’t really think I had much of a shot because there was only one scholarship available.

John: Well, you deserve it. Very impressive, congratulations again!