Shrader’s work at New York University
Kyle Shrader began his first-year at NYU in fall 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Frustrated with opaque and frequently-changing school policies regarding the health and safety of students, he campaigned for College of Arts and Science First-Year Class President promising clear communication; he was unanimously elected by over 2,000 of his peers.
During his term, he championed for international and remote students. To support his anxious class who was overwhelmed with questions about the semester, he organized the school’s largest-ever Q&A fair with 30+ representatives from over 20 different administrative offices across NYU. Hundreds of students attended virtually and were each individually supported through Zoom break-out rooms. The event was a monumental success. Shortly thereafter, Shrader shipped off for military training.
Upon returning to NYU during spring 2021, Shrader was elected to be the next Vice President of the Student Veterans Association, as well as Senator-at-Large in the university-wide Students Government Assembly. He now advocates on behalf of over 750+ student veterans and 50,000+ undergraduate and graduate students at NYU by working directly and negotiating with school administration and faculty at weekly SGA meeting.
Shrader’s service in the Marine Corps
On January 6th, 2021, rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol while Kyle Shrader was in the middle of his afternoon U.S. Power & Politics course. Together, with his professor and peers in complete awe, they spent the duration of the semester analyzing and discussing the attack. Despite being in the middle of his first academic year at New York University, Shrader enlisted in the Marine Corps a few weeks later.
In March, 2021, he shipped off to boot camp at MCRD Parris Island as a contract Private First Class. He graduated from combat training at SOI East, and went on to MCGACC 29 Palms for Marine Corps Communications School where he graduated as Honor Graduate after leading a platoon of 30 marines through training for four months. For his leadership, he received a meritorious promotion to Lance Corporal.
He arrived at his unit, 2nd Battalion 25th Marines in Garden City, NY, in December 2021. After only one month at the unit, he was selected as Honor Graduate of Lance Corporal Seminar after demonstrating excellence in leadership among thirty peers at Fort Dix, NJ. Currently, he is an S-6 fire-team leader at 2/25.
Shrader’s efforts in High School
In high school, Kyle Shrader demonstrated leadership as President of the National Honors Society, where he led 250+ scholars to promote commitment to the values of ‘Character, Leadership, Service, and Scholarship’ among students and those in the local community. As his first leadership experience of a large organization, Shrader created agendas for and ran all monthly meetings, organized major service projects (including blood drives and food drives), and ultimately raised $2,000+ to the People’s Resource Center of Westmont.
Outside of the classroom and the football field, Shrader spent much of his time volunteering at the Midwest Asian Health Association. As Chairman and founder of the Youth Advisory Board, he worked to provide youth insight in solving health disparities by introducing ideas to maintain quality healthcare to underserved populations. By the end of his service in 2020, he logged over 350+ hours of community service at the organization. With MAHA, they collectively served 26,000+ patients, welcomed and educated 250+ volunteers, and aided 5,000+ individuals with substance abuse prevention services.
Shrader’s Awards and Recognition
Kyle Shrader studied at Hinsdale Central High School from 2016-2020. There, he graduated Cum Laude and received the Young Scholar Award, Student of the Quarter, Dean’s List, & Honor Roll accolades. He competed in varsity football for four years and was awarded the Hinsdale Central High School Scholar Athlete Award and Varsity Award. He also received the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Scholastic Achievement Award.
Additionally, for over 300+ hours of dedicated service to the Midwest Asian Health Association, he received the MAHA Excellence in Community Service Award & Exemplary Sponsorship Award in 2019.
In the picture to the left, Shrader was awarded the Asian American Coalition of Chicago Youth Who Excels Award. Shortly after, he received the Chicago Chinese Youth Leadership Award. These awards came from two highly regarded Asian-American organizations in the Chicagoland area in 2020.
Upon graduation from high school in 2020, Shrader received six scholarships from community organizations for his academic excellence and demonstrated leadership abilities. These include: Hinsdale Masonic Lodge No. 934 Scholarship, Hinsdale Bank & Trust Scholarship, Hinsdale Rotary Club Leadership and Service Scholarship, Jim Bonfield Memorial Scholarship, Washington Square Scholarship, Sons of the American Revolution Award.