Shawna-Kaye helps people get into their dream schools and programs by teaching them how to be memorable /Ep2288


Shawna-Kaye Lester

Since 2007, Shawna-Kaye Lester has helped over 400 ambitious applicants win more than US $6 million in scholarships to some of the top tertiary institutions in the world. At the college level, those schools include Amherst College, Harvard University, MIT, and Princeton University; and the schools to which her graduate clients have been admitted include Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Tsinghua University (Schwarzman Scholars program), University of Oxford, and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  

Founder of Memorable Essay®, an admissions consulting company, Shawna-Kaye specializes in helping young medical doctors match into residency training so they can develop expertise in the field of medicine they most love.

Shawna-Kaye is driven by her belief that education has a unique ability to transform the individual and the world. Thus, her favorite clients are those who want to use their education to have impact and create a legacy they’re proud of. She is an alumna of Bates College in Maine, where she majored in biochemistry and Spanish as well as an alumna of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Graduate School of Journalism.

You can connect with her on Instagram or Facebook using the handle @memorableessay or find out more about her work at