Leilani Fu’Qua, ’23

Leilani Fu’Qua is a first year pre-Political Science major. During her time here at UCLA, she plans to get involved in the Nommo Magazine as a staff writer, the Afrikan Student Union and its associated clubs, service oriented organizations, and potentially get involved in student government. She is passionate about writing and believes Nommo would be a great outlet to express herself and share news with people of various cultural backgrounds. Leilani also has a strong interest in CurlsU, a club embracing natural hair on campus and empowering the black community. As an alumni scholar, service is extremely important to her. She would like to engage in service in the Los Angeles community and is considering joining Bruin Belles, a service organization that embraces feminine empowerment.

Academically, Leilani would like to get involved with research, potentially involving politics and literature. Sometime during her undergraduate career, she would like to start a podcast or blog. Her career aspiration for the time being is to become a real estate attorney or a political journalist. She knows both of those aspirations will require hard work, focus, and dedication, and is willing to devote time to excel in her future.

Leilani hopes to continue the legacy of Ehrlich Scholars with pride and gratitude. This scholarship has had an immense impact on her time at UCLA already, and will continue to encourage her to get involved and continue engaging in service on campus and in the nearby community. Leilini is grateful to have the experience to attend university at all, and plans to take advantage of the opportunity presented to her.