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Applicant V4K04

List high school activities (student government, sports, publications, school-sponsored community programs, student-faculty committees, arts, music, etc.) List in descending order of significance.

1. Science Olympiad
2. Girls Who Code
3. JV/Varsity Lacrosse
4.. Lake Effect Lacrosse Club
5. Work Ethics Program
6. Freshman Volleyball
7. Porter County Vocational Advisory Board

List public service and community activities (homeless services, environmental protection/conservation, advocacy activities, work with a religious organization, etc.).  List in descending order of significance.

1. Project Linus
2. Boy Scouts
3. Westchester Community Food Pantry
4. St. John's Church Community Meals
5. USPS Stamp Out Hunger Food Drives
6. Merry Meals
7. Northwest Indiana Food Bank
8. Michiana Humane Society
9. Cards for Hospitalized Kids
10. Operation Care and Comfort
11. St. Patrick's Youth Group-Table of Plenty

List awards, scholarships, publications or special recognitions you have received.

1. Science Olympiad-1st in Environmental Science; 3rd in Genetics
2. Girls Who Code-Certification in CSS; HTML; and Coding
3. Work Ethics Certificate
4. Varsity Lacrosse-3 Varsity Letters; Hustle Award
5. Scuba Certification-PADI Certificate

Describe one specific example of your leadership. (The writer of your letter of recommendation re: Leadership  Abilities and Potential must confirm this experience). 

During my senior year, most of my classes involved teamwork. Our government teacher assigned a team of four to complete a semester-long project. The group I was assigned to seemed to be very apathetic (Senioritis was rampant). However, I still needed to receive a good grade to improve my GPA. I was driven.

I try to step up as a leader whenever possible, because it allows me to develop skills in communication, delegation, and managing multiple tasks and deadlines. To improve communication, I set up a group chat to ensure the lines of communication were open. I assessed the members’ strengths and weaknesses and delegated assignments. The delegated assignments were focused on each group member’s strengths. We had weekly update meetings to ensure the work and the assigned tasks were being completed by each team members. I wanted to ensure there was accountability among the members by utilizing a project plan. This plan helped to ensure tasks/deadlines were being met. The final outcome of the group project resulted in an effective project presentation where each member presented their delegated assignment. During the project presentation, the class was attentive and engaged during our presentation.

My team ended up receiving the highest grade in the class. The outcome of the project was a positive experience. Success of the group was because I was able to inspire the group members, set a schedule early in the project, delegated tasks to people based on their strengths, and consistently managed deadlines. All of this ensured the project was according to plan. I enjoy leading and delegating. I hope to continue be a leader in my professional career in the future. I am able to inspire people to follow me and achieve goals together.

Describe a recent particularly satisfying public service activity. (The writer of your letter of recommendation re: Public Service must confirm this).

During Covid, it was a very challenging time for all. It was especially difficult to volunteer for community organizations. During that time, I discovered Project Linus remained operational and willing to accept donations. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides new handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise “in need”. The blankets help to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children.

In my role as a volunteer, otherwise known as a “blanketeer”, I made blankets to be donated. My personal "blanketeer project" involved procuring donations of $1,350 from friends and family to fund the project. These monies were used to purchase fleece or fleece blanket kits. Over six months, I personally handmade 138 fleece blankets. In turn, these blankets were then donated. Project Linus distributed my handmade blankets to children in homeless shelters. In addition, other blankets were donated to Community Hospital in the Children’s NICU unit to cover the incubators of critically ill babies. Essentially, all these blankets were given to recipients to provide them with warmth and a sense of security. In turn, I experienced a sense of pride and joy knowing I had, in my own way, helped to comfort a child who was either seriously ill or distressed.

My commitment to Project Linus has continued. I made Project Linus the charity recipient of my Eagle Scout Project. Again, I procured donated monies to purchase supplies in order to make more than 100 additional blankets. I made blankets by myself or by my fellow scouts who attended one of my blanket-making events. My Eagle Scout project has been a rewarding and satisfying public service opportunity for the benefit of children.

I have found solace in volunteerism that has positively influenced my mental health. Through volunteering, I have been able to help many nonprofit organizations that are doing so much good in the community. During my high school years, my service record reflects more than 400+ hours and nearly 200 hours during my senior school year. Personally, I find joy in helping others. I have proven the ability of doing things that encourages the worth of others, respects individuals and the community. While strengthening my abilities, I have grown as a leader which has allowed me to grow my skill set.

Volunteering has allowed me to connect with wonderful individuals within my community and make it a better place. I live to serve with humility, especially when serving the less fortunate. My focus for volunteerism is feeding the food insecure. Often, I’m reminded to appreciate the truly important things in my life. Making a personal commitment, I want to make a difference in the world. My efforts for meaningful change in the world are far from over.

Describe the education program you intend to pursue if you receive the scholarship.

Associates Degree in Energy Technology Program

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