I never imagined that giving back to my community would give me a "golden" opportunity to carry the Olympic torch. It was one of the more incredible experiences of my life. That said, I am grateful for the many moments of recognition. (Watch my video, or see the snapshot below)
2013 GoDaddy.com - .ME Scholarship (2013) "Tech-forward" students competed to win a $10,000 scholarship for college tuition.
National Winner - TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship (2013) The TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate a core Citizens Bank value – improving their communities. Since its launch in 2011, more than $150,000 has been awarded to high school seniors and current college students across the country who are attending, or have been accepted to a federally accredited four-year college, university or graduate program.
National Winner - Lowe's Scholarship (2013) The Lowe's scholarship program has awarded more than $2.4 million in scholarships since 2007, benefiting nearly 1,200 students.
National Winner - NFIB Young Entrepreneur Scholarship (2013) Since 2003, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded over 2,300 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling more than $2.5 million. The NFIB was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America.
Alliant Energy Community Service Scholarship (2013) The Alliant Energy Foundation offers a new scholarship opportunity to recognize outstanding community leadership in young people and help students reach their academic goals.
Hometown Hero - Wisconsin State Assembly (2013) The award honors individuals who strive to make a difference in their communities.
National Winner - State Farm Good Neighbor Award (2013) Every year, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board funds up to $5 million to youth-led service learning projects to solve issues important to State Farm and communities across the United States and Canada.
National Winner - AXA Achiever (2013) Through AXA Achievement, AXA Equitable is one of the nation’s largest corporate providers of scholarships — awarding more than $1.3 million a year. In addition to the $670,000 in AXA Achievementsm Scholarships awarded annually through this national scholarship, the AXA Achievements Community Scholarship awards up to an additional $750,000 in annual scholarships. Through this program and the financial education services the company provides, AXA Equitable is a comprehensive resource for information to help students and parents with college planning.
National Judge - Prudential Spirit of Community Awards (2013) Over the past 18 years, more than 345,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and more than 100,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts. The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.
Coca-Cola National Scholar (2013) Since 1989, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has helped dreams come true for more than 5,000 outstanding students. In high school, these students began their journey of academic excellence, positive leadership and dedication to service. They are continuing throughout their careers to serve others and realize their full potential to change the world and create an enduring legacy.
World Citizenship Award from Scouts of the World (2012) Launched in 1996, the award is given to people outside the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting movement who have contributed to a better world in at least one of the following areas - peace, environment, education, food and nutrition, health, and culture and heritage.
My Teacher, My Hero (2012) It isn’t every day a teacher wins a big cash prize because one of her students wrote an essay about her. But that's exactly what happened when I nominated Tracy Chambras, my high school English teacher as a "hero."
Finding Fearless (2012) The Case Foundation, created by Steve Case and Jean Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world. They create and support initiatives that leverage new technologies and entrepreneurial approaches to drive innovation in the social sector and encourage individuals to get involved with the communities and causes they care about.
Farm Rich Kids Who Give (2012) A national program focused on young people, ages 7 to 17, who dedicate their time and energy to improving the lives of others.
Make A Difference Day (2012)- Featured in USA Today for C4C (Comics 4 Change) Make A Difference Day, created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and held in partnership with Points of Light on the fourth Saturday of each October, tracks the day's events at makeadifferenceday.com. All registered participants are eligible for $10,000 charitable awards from longtime sponsor Newman's Own.
Glamour Magazine – Woman of the Year Readers' Choice Award – National Finalist (2012)
Brower Youth Award – National Finalist (2010, 2012) Since 2000, the Brower Youth Awards has recognized 61 exceptional leaders with a cash prize, a high-energy week of activities in San Francisco, and ongoing leadership support. NLI also offers mentoring and project sponsorship to rising young leaders.