“This scholarship is important to me because it symbolizes the value of service. Throughout high school, I’ve always prided myself on giving back to my community. This isn’t something that one can just choose to do out of the blue because it takes blood, sweat, and tears to push lasting changes to the lives of those around you. Being a recipient of this award affirms my ability to make changes in the world. It lets me know that others recognize the value of passion and selflessness.”