The Promise Scholarship

Kelly Ledsworth

Promise Peer Mentor
Kelly Ledsworth

Office Location

102 Bedford Street




Promise Peer Mentors play a pivotal role in helping to acclimate incoming first-year Promise Scholars to the USM community. Promise Peers serve as a mentor to students to aid them in their academic and personal success at the University. They connect with students through 1:1 meetings, as well as, community service projects and program events.

What's your major and/or minors?

I'm an Art education major with a concentration in Ceramics, Painting and drawing, and I'm minoring in book arts. 

What's your hometown?
I grew up in Brunswick but I've been living in Portland for a few years now and it feels more like home to me.

What has been your favorite class you've taken at USM so far? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite class I’ve taken is always a hard question because in doing art, I love all my art classes, that being said my favorite class was “Food, Power and Social Justice”. It actually counts as a core credit and I loved this class because it took what I knew about food and the industries and really brought it into the forefront. This class was really accessible in how the information could be absorbed and it brought to life food insecurity which I had some inkling of because I grew up getting free and reduced lunch.

What other activities or student clubs are you involved in?
I enjoy hiking, kayaking, singing, and obviously art. I am not a part of any clubs on campus but I do try to go to as many campus events as I can.

What advice do you have for first year students?
My best advice is, it’s your future not your parents, siblings, teachers, no one but you can decide how you want that to turn out. It’s okay if you go into college being a biology major and sophomore year you want to be a psychology major. It’s okay if this changes because you are going to change. I was a completely different person my freshman year and even now in my senior year I don’t know if I'll end up teaching when I graduate because the possibilities of what I can do feel endless now.