Scholar Story: Elizabeth
Riverside, CA

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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.

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