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Introducing 2016 Student Volunteer Award Winners

There’s no doubt about it: volunteering can change communities—and the individuals who do it—for the better. Student volunteering provides a pathway for building skills (or even future employment) while benefiting local citizens. And, as we’ve covered before, that service can lead to more scholarships for students.

636x316xhero-sva-nodate.png.pagespeed.ic.avEqsWEjOl.jpgScholarship America’s Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer Award (SVA) is one of those opportunities, celebrating local volunteerism. The SVA is open to high school seniors, vocational-technical students, undergrads and adult students who are or will be studying full-time. Past recipients can also re-apply. The award encourages and rewards volunteer service, while also applauding and supporting academic excellence.

Today, we’re announcing 16 SVA winners from across the nation. Each of these students will receive a $1,000 scholarship, with one national winner able to renew their award for up to three years. (Check out this blog for our future national winner announcement!) From Eagle Scouting to mentoring to building Habitat for Humanity homes after Hurricane Sandy, these incredible students have contributed more than 33,000 hours of service in their workplaces, schools and communities. We’re thrilled to recognize them!

Madeline Appleton
South Windsor Dollars for Scholars
South Windsor, Connecticut

Andrew Baker*
St. Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars
St. Peter, Minnesota

Caitlyn Barbieri*
Winnacunnet Dollars for Scholars
North Hampton, New Hampshire

Anna Brekke*
Shakopee Dollars for Scholars
Shakopee, Minnesota

Vincent Esposito
Staten Island ACHIEVE Dollars for Scholars
New York, New York

Ian Gulsvig
District 883 Dollars for Scholars
Rockford, Minnesota

Kristin Harrington
Norman County West Dollars for Scholars
Halstad, Minnesota

Regan Hsieh
Woodbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars
Woodbury, Connecticut

Lyric Lekander
Barnum Dollars for Scholars
Barnum, Minnesota

Shaina Lubliner
Stamford Dollars for Scholars
Stamford, Connecticut

Gregory Madden
Scholarship Assistance Fund Dollars for Scholars
Wheeling, Illinois

Abigail Meger*
Belle Plaine Dollars for Scholars
Belle Plaine, Minnesota

Grace Meno
Arlington Dollars for Scholars
Arlington, Washington

Haredo Mohamed
Sunnyside District Alumni Association Dollars for Scholars
Tucson, Arizona

Miranda Schwartz*
Le Sueur-Henderson Dollars for Scholars
Le Sueur, Minnesota

Asgton Stephenson
Ankeny Dollars for Scholars
Ankeny, Iowa

All students who applied for this award are from communities served by a Dollars for Scholars affiliate—a network of more than 500 local organizations that raise scholarship funds, establish endowments, provide financial aid assistance and more, all to help students achieve postsecondary success. The vast majority of Dollars for Scholars affiliates are volunteer-run themselves, and many students help at their local affiliates, bringing the award and volunteer spirit of communities full circle.

*To further elevate the importance of volunteerism, these five students received Scholarship America staff awards, funded by donations from Scholarship America employees on a volunteer basis throughout the year!

To learn more about the SVA, visit Scholarship America’s website. Stay tuned for our announcement of the National Student Volunteer of the Year!