Congratulations to Our 2016 Scholarship Contest Winners!
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016
Our Scholarship Committee has been busy over the last couple of weeks meticulously reviewing each and every application, essay, and supporting document submitted by this year's applicants. We were truly impressed with the personal and academic accomplishments these students have already made, and inspired by their goals. Additionally, we love the incredible amount of effort and passion they put into their essays. You can read those right here!
After thorough consideration, each of the following students has been selected to receive a $1,000 academic scholarship for the 2016-17 school year. Drum roll, please...
"The end sure seems near, doesn't it? Economists prophesize a more extreme recession than the Great Depression, Social Security appears to be crumbling, and global warming predictions seem to be more accurate by the day. But, what can we do about it? Well, maybe we should listen to the Beatles. "All you need is love." Love certainly can't cool the Earth but it can make a community, nation, and world a better place. And for the RAKtivist foundation, spreading a little bit of love is their ultimate goal..." | Read full essay.
"It was once said by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." In order for me to be able to endorse a program in my community I would have to these traits present. Personally I feel as if Habitat for Humanity and Love your Melon fit, being that they are both incredibly useful, honorable programs, and show compassion to our community..." | Read full essay.
"While sitting in class everyone has thought at least once, "When am I going to use this information in real life?" This is a valid question as many high school students walk out of school without the knowledge to be fully independent. To solve this problem, the community must work together to give young adults the skills to conquer life after high school. Community involvement is all about coming together as a community to help those in need in order to function better as a whole. To teach young adults basic real life skills, the Fort Wayne Community will come together to put on monthly "Real Skills for Real Life" seminars. With help from local businesses and the community as a whole, Fort Wayne will give young adults the confidence to live on their own and parents peace of mind knowing their sons and daughters have real life skills. With high school students graduating high school without essential life skills in their repertoire, Real Skills for Real Life will give young adults confidence in entering the real world..." | Read full essay.
"I have been given more blessings in my life than I could hope to count, and I will be forever grateful for each of them. I have also been deliberate in focusing my time and energy on bettering myself, and becoming the best version of myself. One of the most meaningful gifts one can give is the selflessness to bring out the best in others. While there are many facets of doing so, one of the most liberating is to help free others of their daily financial woes, and to help them avoid them in the future. As the old adage goes, "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." I believe that providing others with the tools needed to improve themselves financially along with a solid foundation in personal finance is one of the most liberating and long-term gifts that can be given. To help our community flourish as well as create a model for other communities, I would create a program to passionately teach personal finance to everyone, with emphasis on young adults..." | Read full essay.
"Whether you're a religious minded person or not, all people should live by this simple verse from the Gospel of Luke; "Do unto others as you would have them to do you". That single sentence, while only comprised of eleven words, can be interpreted a million different ways. Personally, I believe that verse is attempting to tell us that sometimes we, as human beings, need to step outside of ourselves and willingly think about and care for other people, because isn't that what we would want from other people if we were in need. Through many different charitable acts, such as 3 Rivers Credit Union Foundation, I believe that the Three Rivers Federal Credit Union has become one of the prime examples of an organization or person stepping outside of themselves to make the world around us a better place to live..." | Read full essay.
"'Drugs are the enemy of ambition and hope - and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future,' (Bob Riley). A program I would create and endorse within my community is a community center for teens and young adults. Drug and alcohol abuse has become more and more prevalent within our little town of Ohio City and in Van Wert County among my generation. There is no place here for our youth to escape the world for a while and they need that. The community center would include a gym so the kids could participate in a multitude of activities such as, basketball, badminton, and indoor soccer. I would also wish to provide a weight room, a racket ball room, an indoor track, a rock wall, a counseling center, and therapy dogs. I would love to include all of these into the center because I want kids to have a variety of things to keep them out of harm's way and out of temptation. When kids have healthy outlets, the less likely they are to turn to drugs or alcohol. My plan to incorporate therapy dogs in the center would allow the kids to feel the unconditional love and friendship they have always longed for but may have never genuinely received. Not only would this center get our kids off the streets but it would show them that they have a greater purpose in life and equip them to believe in themselves, hopefully leaving them less likely to turn to such self destructive paths. That they can grow up and become anything that they want; that they are limitless..." | Read full essay.
"If I were to create a program to help the community in which I live, I would create a Caring for the Caregivers program. A caregiver is any individual who gives physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or logistical support. Caregivers are often times family members or friends of a sick or ill individual with a chronic, disabling, or life threatening disease. Caregivers are the unspoken heroes in my own mind. They are providing real help and assistance to those whom they love and care about. They are working countless hours to make sure their loved one is properly cared for and often times neglecting themselves and their own needs. A caregiver needs to care for themselves before any care can be given out to a family member or friend. The caregiver is an active and essential team member in any health battle..." | Read full essay.
"Community service and involvement has been a part of my life since I started my educational career. I am actively involved in various parts of my community, ranging from helping fill bags of food for Blessings in a Backpack, to voluntarily coaching the Mites program at St. Joe Soccer. However, recently, my community engagement was able to span across the globe and reach a small village named Kilala in Arusha, Tanzania. Here, I was able to teach children English, enjoy the game of soccer with them, and gain a deeper sense of myself. International travel, as well as increasing the global awareness of those in my community is certainly a passion of mine, and that only grew as I travelled to Arusha. If I were to endorse a program in my community, it would be one that allowed college students to travel abroad to volunteer during their summer break, and then relay what they have learned in their surrounding community..." | Read full essay.
"Throughout most of my young life, I have been involved in my local 4H club, The Maids and Gents of Kossuth. I would endorse the 4H program in particular because it has affected my life so deeply, and I would not be the person I am today without 4H. I am already involved with a committee known as 4H Awareness. This committee travels to local schools within the district with the intent on inspiring more kids to join 4H. On these visits, we speak volumes on the myriad of projects and activities that are included in the 4H program. These activities include a project on any subject imaginable, an optional trip to the 4H Youth Camp in the summer, and a chance to show that project at the county fair, and perhaps the state fair if the judges find their project to be exceptional.." | Read full essay.
"As a current Dairy Queen employee, I have encountered many people with hearing disabilities that struggle with communicating what they wish to order. While I try to be patient with everyone, I know how hard it can be for workers to communicate with someone who has hearing disabilities, and more specifically someone who is deaf. There have often been glares and eye rolls from the other side of the counter directed towards me or my co-workers because of a miscommunication when ordering. I would love the chance to be able to learn sign language so that I might better be able to communicate with all customers, and make their experience a positive one..." | Read full essay.
$500 Prize Winners
Additionally, the following students were selected at random to receive a $500 prize...
Taylor Doehrman, Cierra Long, Antonia Shoemaker, and Holden Rahn. Click here to read their - and all of our applicants' - essays!
A Final Note
We congratulate all of our winners and thank all applicants for taking the time to apply. We have no doubts that all of you will continue to be successful, academically and professionally, and are honored to be a part of your life's journey.
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