Inaya Gray is an ambitious Bolingbrook High School junior, who hopes to pursue a career in medicine. She is an avid swimmer and swam competitively with the Academy Bullets Swim Club, the most-highly regarded USA Swimming Club in Illinois. She has since used her passion for swimming to benefit others by serving as a certified lifeguard and swim instructor. Inaya's volunteer experience includes participating in food packing sessions at Feed My Starving Children and the Greater Chicago Food Depository; preparing and serving meals at Ronald McDonald House; serving as a personal shopper at Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique; and volunteering at soup kitchens, Girl Scout and school events, Operation Christmas, and for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s MLK Day of Service at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center to honor female service members and Pink Goes Red events for heart health awareness.
Inaya is a Girl Scout Ambassador, and she has received all three of the Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards (Gold, Silver, and Bronze). During her seven years as a Girl Scout, she has led and participated in Take Action projects related to the impact of domestic violence and foster care on children, sex trafficking, and cyberbullying.
The NSHSS Nobel Academic Excellence Scholarship recognizes high school juniors and seniors making a positive impact on society, and how college will help these students continue to make an impact for years to come.