It has been our pleasure to introduce the first two groups of Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award recipients; here are the rest of this illustrious group of 20 students, each of whom earned $1,000 scholarships for embodying the spirit of volunteerism in Dollars for Scholars communities!
Once you've met them, make sure to go back and read Part One and Part Two, for a glimpse at some other remarkable student volunteers. And don't forget to check back later this week, when we'll introduce the Scholarship America National Student Volunteer of the Year!
Onto the winners:
Throughout her life, Kathryn has spent her time volunteering in local communities, as well as internationally. She enjoys her time helping those in need as much as possible and has even helped launch an anti-bullying campaign that has been implemented throughout various schools. Kathryn is also passionate about improving living conditions for those in developing nations, and has helped to build schools, raise money for hospitals and bring awareness to crises around the world. Her ultimate goal is to “work for a nonprofit or development corporation dedicated to women’s issues and education in developing countries.” Kathryn, a college sophomore from Arlington, Massachusetts, is currently pursuing a degree in International Studies. She was nominated by the John J. Bilafer Arlington Dollars for Scholars affiliate and is a recipient of the Scholarship America Staff Award.
Katelyn, a high school senior, has been involved in multiple community service organizations throughout her school, community and church. She has mentored elementary students, as well as her peers. Katelyn has also donated her time with her church group to help build a home, construct a retaining wall and help out at an orphanage. Her involvement in this array of organizations has led to leadership roles, where she has coordinated multiple volunteer activities and events. “My main goal in life has been to help people by ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and… has an opportunity to succeed.” Her dedication to her lifelong goal is remarkable as she plans on pursuing a degree in criminal justice to further her capabilities to help others. Katelyn is from Days Creek, Oregon and was nominated by Days Creek Dollars for Scholars.
Abbilyn, a high school senior, has helped to organize several in-school community service events, including a blood drive, toy and food drive, and fundraisers to help those in need within her community. She has also been a part of an organization to increase awareness about bullying in her school district. Additionally, Abbilyn spends her time volunteering with her local church group, where she has spent time helping out local residents with their home projects as well as teaching Bible school to young children. After graduation, Abbilyn plans on pursuing a degree in health and medicine. Upon finishing her higher education, she intends to return to her hometown of Sauk Centre, Minnesota to continue giving back to a “community that has given [her] so many wonderful opportunities.” Abbilyn was nominated by Sauk Centre Dollars for Scholars.
“Volunteering gives me a sense of pride because I know that what I’m doing will benefit others and it might get others involved as well,” writes Derik Rodgers, a high school senior from New Freedom, Pennsylvania. From an early age, he has spent his time helping his community through food, shelter and blood drives as well as by sending care packages to our soldiers overseas. Derik has also taken a very active role in nature and conservation projects through the Boy Scouts of America; his projects have included invasive species removal, trail restoration and preservation. He is currently leading a project with his Venture Crew to plant over 100 trees within a local park. Derik was nominated by Southern York County School District Foundation Dollars for Scholars and plans on pursuing an environmental studies degree after graduation.
Aubrey, a high school senior from Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, has volunteered for numerous hours at her local library and her county’s parks and recreation program, along with participating in many community service projects through the Girl Scouts of America. However, it is her highly demanding role as a “foster parent” with the Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club that truly sets her apart. As an around-the-clock caregiver and trainer for Seeing Eye dogs, Aubrey’s volunteer efforts never end. She has already raised two Seeing Eye dogs and plans on continuing her efforts for many years to come. Nominated by Southern York County School District Foundation Dollars for Scholars, Aubrey plans on majoring in communications with a minor in sign language. Her ultimate goal is to work for a service dog organization upon completion of her degree.
Jacob was taught the importance of compassion and patience at a very young age, after his younger brother suffered a subdural hematoma and stroke – permanently altering his life. This event helped Jacob learn that he possessed a significant inner strength, at a time when he wanted to give up on everything around him. Since then, Jacob says he has strived “to be much more sympathetic and empathetic to the people around [him].” He has volunteered his time as a camp counselor, assisting and mentoring young children and actively participating in local clean-up initiatives. Hailing from Hines, Oregon, Jacob has been nominated by Harney County Dollars for Scholars. Jacob plans on pursuing a degree in the health and medicine field after graduating from high school this spring.
Throughout her life, Keilyn has volunteered her time in a variety of ways – from working at local food pantries and shelters, to fundraising for multiple organizations, to picking up litter in local rail yards. Her ambitious attitude has also led her to complete a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program while still in high school. Since then, she has donated her time volunteering and assisting at a local hospital, as well as a nursing facility. Keilyn, a high school senior from Huxley, Iowa, was nominated by Ballard Community Dollars for Scholars. After graduation, she will be pursuing several degrees in the health field, ultimately leading her to a career in psychiatry.
Thanks to co-author Lynelle Hubbard for her invaluable work in helping introduce our student winners!