National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2017 scholarship opportunity, entitled “Youth Forward.” The company is seeking applicants for six $500 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 2017
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 Adara DeNiro
I volunteered to assist young second grade students with learning difficulties
by Elif F Onay
As president and a 4-year volunteer of my school's chapter of Habitat for Humanity, I encountered an opportunity to invoke change that has shaped my outlook on the world.
by Elizabeth Tombrown
An essay on why I am so dedicated to spending my Thanksgiving Day for the last 5 years giving back to the less fortunate.
by Samuel D. Giordano
I have volunteered many hours with a nonprofit organization called Operation Christmas Morning. It serves to provide Christmas presents and basic necessities such as food and clothing to less fortunate families around the holidays.
by Gillian Claire O'Grady
A group started by my sister and myself, Project Princess might not fight to end cancer or end starvation but our purpose is just as important. In the short life of terminally ill or cancer plagued children Project Princess's goal is to bring a smile a child's face between hard chemo appointments and countless checkups.
by Elizabeth Gumula
Alumni, theater, storytelling, legacy- four simple words that add up to immeasurable amounts of gratitude and love.
by Laura Ann Wilcox
an annual mission trip to Belize has changed my perspective on the world forever. I have learned how fragile this world is, and it's up to me to turn the world around.
by Adam Larson
My experience with National Youth Leadership Training and youth leadership.
by Amanda Androus
My essay discusses my personal experiences with serving others and how they have propelled me forward to be a more impactful youth in today's world.
by Tiernan Ramer
Years ago I overheard a group of girls saying they had a "shoe problem", as in they couldn't stop buying them. Whereas I knew that a true “shoe problem” was not having any shoes to wear. Shoes are the key to walking with confidence; they also have the power to unlock opportunities some kids may never have such as playing sports, successful job interviews, or even going to prom.
by Hannah Weller
These are my thoughts and experiences from working at a peer mentoring program for students with autism
by Bettie Abigail Grimes
This essay is about how my mother taught me to volunteer when I saw a need, regardless of having limited opportunities to do so in our town.
by Larry Santos
In this essay I descried how helping children reach their goals reminds me of how I used to be when I was their age.
by Samantha Curren
In this essay I get into depth of how it is to be a hospital volunteer. I hope when you read this you get a feel of the ups and downs that take place in Labor and Delivery.
by Isaiah Castillo
My essay is about my volunteer work that I am passionate about.
by Julia Chabot
A little paint in an uncommon place can go a long way.
by Taylor Gay
Going through high school as a hopeful Musical Theatre major, it's important to search and participate in programs that will provide one with experience for the field, but also a good amount of leadership skills. This essay gives you a few examples of events that I've taken part in and what I've learned from them.
by KaNaria Davis
how much I enjoy working with the youth and how it inspired me
by Meredith Mosley
Volunteering in education through tutoring reveals the influence and power education holds by allowing one to see students grow.
by Xilian Sansoucy
Although I am not sure what my career will be yet, I am committed to making a positive impact in my community. I plan to pursue a combined major of Business and Political Science at Northeastern University because, whether in the for-profit or nonprofit world, I want to gain as much knowledge as possible in community development and reform. Currently, I have reached beyond my high school walls to advocate for change in the Rhode Island public school system. I hope to continue this work as I learn more about the causes and effects of social issues, such as the lack of funding and innovative learning in public schools, along with possible solutions. Through my experiences and growth in high school, I now feel empowered and determined to learn and advocate for change concerning public education reform in the urban environment. This essay speaks more in depth about why I have chosen this path.
by Daniel Donald Ramcharran
Essay about how I volunteered at the Gainesville Aid Project
by Bethany M. Wise
In this essay I discuss my experiences at Pets INC., as well as how I made a difference. Also, I talk about how I can use the experiences in my future career.
by Tiffany Benjamin
Most children have a hero or a figure to look up to and aspire to be like. What if your were someone else's inspiration?
by Alexandria Boyd
Sometimes those who have no voice speak the loudest.
by Amy Lin
I have volunteered with the Asian American United Chinatown Vote Project since 2014, the year that I started high school.
by Aylin Henstridge
This essay is about my experience at my local animal shelter and how it impacted my life and the lives of the animals that I worked with.
by Samantha Rodriguez
I portray the aspects of having a good support system, and what it is like to be a volunteer.
by Adrian Landstrom
Volunteering with youth by coaching cheerleading has been the most rewarding experience of high school for me. Through it, I get the incredible opportunity of witnessing the direct effects of my service as their skill set, leadership qualities, and self-esteem continually rise.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College as a full-time student (2016-2017 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.
1. Round 1 May 1st: application deadline; winners announced 5/30/17
2. Round 2 September 1st: application deadline; winner announced 9/30/17
3. Round 3 December 31st: application deadline; winners announced 1/31/18
Along with your submission please include a picture of yourself which we can post on our site to go along with your essay
The winner will be required to provide proof of successful acceptance to a Higher Institute of Learning, College or University. Payment will be made directly to the applicant’s college. If you have additional questions, please contact us.