ELIZABETH NAAMEH: 2010 DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS STUDENT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
While volunteering in the cancer ward at a local children’s hospital, Elizabeth Naameh met a child with leukemia who changed her life.
“Watching the way that my presence affected her and watching her resilient spirit gave me more and more faith in human beings,” Elizabeth said. “No matter how much negative stuff you hear on the news, there are always people who are positive influences in the community and who are making a huge difference in the world. I want to be one of those people.”
So Elizabeth decided to become a pediatrician. To help cover college expenses, she applied for many scholarships – including the Community Volunteer Service Award (CVSA) offered by Dollars for Scholars. She won a $500 regional award, and became eligible for the national Student Volunteer of the Year award.
The 2010 national Student Volunteer of the Year award was made possible through Scholarship America’s participation in Best Buy’s @15 Exchange; through student votes in this online engagement program, Scholarship America received more than $100,000 donated by Best Buy. As a result, Scholarship America funded four new scholarships – including the $6,000 scholarship for the that Elizabeth won as the 2010 Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer of the Year.
“I feel so honored to receive this scholarship. In a time like this when the economy is in a crisis and it’s been an increasingly competitive job market, having a college education is essential,” she said.
Elizabeth is now studying at UCLA; she hopes to eventually earn a Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School.
"Hi, my name is Steve Bowman. I’m a 47-year-old non-traditional student at Clark State University in Springfield, Ohio.
"Three years ago my life changed dramatically. I suffered a catastrophic illness, and I found myself having to change careers and start over. Through Scholarship America I was able to overcome some financial barriers.
"One of the barriers I ran into was that my car broke down and I was unable to fix it; I had no transportation back and forth to school. I applied for Dreamkeepers [assistance] through Scholarship America and they helped me get my brake system repaired on my car.
"A few months later I got ill. I was unable to work my part-time job, and fell behind on my mortgage payment. I applied again for Dreamkeepers help from Scholarship America and they helped me. Now I’m caught up with all my bills and I’m back on track with my education, with nothing stopping me."
KRISTA LOGELIN: 2009 DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
In 2009, Krista was a guest of Scholarship America’s founder, Dr. Irving Fradkin, at Scholarship America’s national office in Minneapolis.
When Krista Logelin's father passed away after a year-long battle with lung cancer when she was just 10 years old, her mother knew that paying for college for Krista and her younger brother, Mick, would be difficult. Even when their mother was laid off from her job at Christmas time in 2008, Krista and Mick knew she remained determined to send her children to good colleges.
Krista was always a dedicated student, and was heavily involved in extracurricular activities throughout high school. And, thankfully, after applying for many scholarships throughout her senior year, Krista was one of only three seniors in her community to receive a $1,500 scholarship from the Rotary Club of Plymouth (MN) Dollars for Scholars – helping her attend her dream school, Wellesley College. "Scholarships such as [this] have made a huge difference, Krista said. " It's been a struggle, but my mom has pulled us all through it well. She is my hero.”