Scholar Story: Ben
Lake Tapps, WA

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Each year, Scholarship America honors outstanding volunteers from across our nationwide Dollars for Scholars network – including one student volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty throughout their high school career in service of their community. In 2011, we were pleased to honor Benjamin Klontz of Lake Tapps, Washington, as our Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer of the Year.


Throughout his four years of high school, Ben logged an amazing 2,500 hours of community service in a wide variety of areas; one teacher who submitted a recommendation told us that “he is the first student to whom I have given the approbation ‘Renaissance Man.’”

Those activities included volunteering with national organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Boy Scouts (Ben made the rank of Eagle Scout in 2008) and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; Ben also spent time with local groups like the Veteran’s Memorial Park Project and the Auburn Food Bank, and took three mission trips among a number of volunteer efforts at his church.

In school, Ben participated in an array of extracurriculars, and his athletic participation also turned into work as a swimming instructor and lifeguard. And, what’s more, he did this all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Ben is planning to study medicine with the goal of opening his own clinic. As one of his recommenders told us, “To me, he’s one of those people who will do something great with his life and make a huge difference in the world.” We agree, and that is why Benjamin Klontz stood out as the 2011 Dollars for Scholars Student Volunteer of the Year.

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