National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2016 scholarship opportunity, entitled “Youth Forward.” The company is seeking applicants for six $1000 scholarships rewarding a deserving youth – either enrolled as a High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior or as a College Freshman – on the topic of volunteerism and youth.
YOUTH FORWARD SCHOLARSHIP 2016
Volunteerism is increasingly important in American society. Indeed, most of today’s High Schools require some type of volunteer work in order to graduate. Colleges and universities as well seek to encourage students to “give back” to their communities.
This scholarship seeks to reward a few deserving youth for his or her commitment to the spirit of volunteerism. The application is handled in essay format. To apply, submit an essay of less than 500 words in Microsoft Word format addressing the following questions:
This is an annual scholarship program.
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED IN YOUR ESSAY / APPLICATION:
- What is the area in which you have chosen to volunteer (e.g., homelessness, anti-drunk driving, youth art programs, etc.).? Why did you choose it?
- How many hours per year / week / month have you volunteered?
- What are / were your responsibilities as a volunteer?
- What has been your biggest challenge as a volunteer?
- What has giving you the most satisfaction as a volunteer?
- What have you learned from your volunteer position?
How are your interests and career goals in alignment with that volunteer focus, or perhaps not?
- Looking towards the future, how do you see your activities as “forward looking?” What does “forward looking” mean to you?
- What change do you seek to foster in the world via your volunteer activities?
- If you were to come back in ten, twenty, or even thirty, years do you think your volunteer activities would have “made a difference?” How so?
BROWSE SUBMITTED ESSAYS BELOW:
By “sharing” an essay on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+), you are casting a “vote” that that essay should win.
2 prizes will be awarded for each of the three essay submission contests. One for the most votes and the other as our staff favorite.
by Alden Liang
This essay is about my time as a volunteer at the Chinese Community Centre where I assisted a drawing class full of elementary kids.
by Maria Keller
Poor literacy dramatically affects millions of children throughout the world and hinders their ability to succeed. At the young age of 8, I set out to collect and distribute 1 million books to children in need. It's now 8 years later and I've donated nearly 2 million books to children in the U.S. and beyond.
by Rohit Gehani
What training in the Martial Arts can do for our future
by Kassidy Bayne Wagner
Spearheading a campaign in my community to collect jeans for homeless teenagers.
by Brooke Blindenhofer
Candy Striping at my local hospital
by Kylee Rebecca Hunter
I’m proud to be a volunteer for the Bladder Exstrophy Support Team’s annual group camp out. The B.E.S.T. is special to me as a result of being born with Bladder Exstrophy. Because of the rarity of Bladder Exstrophy, children with this anomaly often feel alone and different from their peers. To help these children, for the past seventeen years, my family has planned and carried out an annual weekend camp out for families with a Bladder Exstrophy member. My part has been to help with the camp planning, speakers, skits, activities, group discussions, and meals; this preparation is extensive and takes all year. At the camp out, I help children with crafts and games, aid with food preparation, and provide supervision and fellowshipping for the children. For the past three years, I’ve led a group discussion for the girls, giving them the opportunity to relate, talk, ask questions and be comfortable with others who have this disability. Besides the planned recreational activities, we offer educational sessions addressing Exstrophy topics common among the youth. The camp out has been successful and grown each year, with over one hundred participants coming from California, several states, and countries around the world.
by Thiha Thway
Since "Many bricks make a great building", small volunteer events can effect greatly after long period.
by Aidan Ryan
Last spring, I developed my first annual “40 Days of Giving” campaign to help alleviate child hunger. In just 40 days I collected 151 brand new coats, shoes and backpacks for students in need, 6,574 pounds of food, and $67,814.76 in donations, enough to provide 270,000 meals for hungry children.
by Xinjie Xia
I've volunteered at Hope Chinese School for over two years ago. I really enjoy working with kids and tutor them. Solving problems for them are like solving problems for my old self. I am helping them in return that I am also happy.
by Kaitlyn Marie Holden
My essay is about my experience as a volunteer in The Christ Hospital. I have managed all kinds of different patients and it is very neat to learn about the types of different people and their cultures. My essay includes a close up of who I am as a person and the type of compassion I have. I hope that by the time you're done reading this you can find ways to spread kindness in your community.
by Brenda Jimenez
This essay is about on my volunteer experience and how it changed my perspective of things.
by Alexandra Franklin
Volunteering is all about helping the people around you and making a difference in their lives. I believe that by helping one child we can start a chain reaction and be able to help children all across the world. I have chosen to work with kids on a weekly basis to make sure they have a positive role model in their life and to be someone they can always count on. I want to help the future generation succeed and hopefully encourage them to help the next generation. My goal is to show children the impact they can make in their own community and in the world.
by Ashton Mackenzie Bennett
In my essay I describe how I have made a difference in my community through community service, and how community service has made a difference in me.
by Lindsay G Koberna
A short account on my experiences with senior citizens suffering from dementia.
by Alexandra Mattei
My experiences volunteering with a 501c3 animal rescue
by Kailey Kilcrease
Growing up in Girl Scouts has helped me learn how to give back to my community.
by Ian Robert Ferris
Through a myriad of volunteering activities through-out the community I have made a lasting impact in the place I call home and for the people I can my neighbors and friends!
by Leonora Ferrara
This is an essay regarding the most substantial and influential thing that I have been involved in within my life so far: Leadership Club.
by Alexis Ann Self
Situations are all different but everyone is important and valuable, so spread some hope! Volunteer!
by Grace Dearing
My experience as a volunTEEN at the Ronald McDonald House, Cincinnati
by Suzanne Jane Pickens
Explains volunteer work and answers questions presented in the application rules
by John Sadler
Caring for others and walking with them on the road to recovery whether it be from an injury or natural disaster requires sympathy, endurance and trust.
by Nicole Bryson
My experience volunteering in The Gymnastics Academy. How I learned not only future skills for job opportunities but as well helped children.
by Emma Bartram
I earned a scholarship for a program that took me across the world to Fiji for three weeks. My volunteer group successfully participated in projects that helped the Fijian community begin to repair after the devastating cyclone that hit just a few months ago.
by Agatha Palo
Understanding the different pathways of love, humility and helping others.
by MaKayla Lindemann
My essay overviews one of my most memorable volunteer experiences. This experience involves me assisting a kindergarten and 2nd-grade class in my school district as my essay briefly details the impact that I had on the children, but most importantly the impact that they had on me.
by Galilea Gaytan
An essay dedicated to all my volunteering works and internships which have helped me become a better person. Following my mothers example, I have been working hard for community service around the city.
by Audrianna Kallie
Volunteer at Humane Society and Soccer Coach for 7 years
Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College as a full-time student (2015-2016 school year).
Employees and relatives of National Driving and Traffic School are ineligible.
There will be three contest submission dates. To be eligible for the contest submit your essay by one the submission dates
Along with your submission please include a picture of yourself which we can post on our site to go along with your essay
Winner will be required to provide proof of enrollment in High School, University or College. Payment will be made directly to the applicant’s college. If applicant is not yet enrolled in a college or university (e.g., a High School sophomore or junior), payment will be made to applicant pursuant to a signed agreement to use these funds towards their post-secondary education. If you have additional questions, please contact us.