From the North Shore of Oahu, Jalee remained in Hawaii for college at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). She received a Bachelors Degree in in International Relations and is continuing her education to obtain her Master's Degree at Hawaii Pacific University.
Jalee has traveled to over 20 countries and volunteered over 4,000 hours. She was able to raise her own money for international travel by having car washes, selling baked goods, and getting sponsorship. Through the years, she has received over $70,000 in scholarships for college in reward for community service. Her love for service inspired her to begin this scholarship program that helps others to not only further their education but also helps fund their volunteer efforts in other countries.
In 2009 she was honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her extensive community involvement. Volunteer Hawaii through Aloha United Way recognized Jalee in 2010 as the youngest person to ever receive the the "Volunteer of the Year Award". She represented her home state as Miss Hawaii 2010 and became second runner-up to Miss America.
Her inspiration comes from her older sister, Janee, who has cerebral palsy and has volunteered over 6000 hours. Janee is dedicated to serving others and is the epitome of what being ready for the real world is.
“I am only one, But still I am one.
I cannot do everything, But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
- Edward Everett Hale