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 Simran Chopra
My essay talks about my dedication to Key Club and how it has impacted me in several different ways.
by Ashley Richards
This essay describes in depth the importance of community service as it portrays leadership: building one's personality and pushing them past their normal limitations.
by Nadia DeBem
My volunteer experience with the Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado has made me humble and honored to be a part of something bigger than myself. To interact wtih patients that are struggling with aggressive medical conditions has made my understanding of the medical system more extensive and has given a face to the future I want for myself.
by Rachael Bishop
Through a ministry through my church, I found my passion for serving and loving children. They've taught me more than anyone else has in my 17 years of life.
by Kathia Valdez
Kathia Valdez's volunteer experience as a youth softball coach. The valuable lessons and skills learned from this volunteer opportunity.
by Lauren Peña
Most of my volunteering was spent at week long mission trips for the past 5 years. My essay describes what I obtained from these mission trips, as well as how I believe my volunteering impacted others.
by Anna Elizabeth Ganser
In the summer of 2016, I decided to travel 900 miles away from my home to Charlottesville, West Virginia. I took on the challenge to connect with people in the Charlottesville community and help them regain their sense of freedom and independence. I went to Charlottesville with my fellow church members as a mission trip. My church members and I were assigned to be in one of over 50 randomized groups with over 1,000 other students from all across the country. My group was in charge of helping one of the most caring people I have ever met. Her name is Daisy, and she was 102 years old at the time. Daisy has been in a wheelchair for over 20 years and has not been able to get out of her house due to the extremely steep stairs leading up to the front door. I chose to help Daisy regain her ability to get out of her house in order to develop a sense of independence again because something similar happened to someone close to me. My grandpa passed away from three types of cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer, and bone cancer. He was a war veteran and my best friend. He was always moving around either inside his house fixing something, outside in his workshop, or walking the dog, he could never sit still. My grandpa was then hospitalized and lost his ability to walk, run, or work due to the powerful treatment he needed. He was never himself since the day he was diagnosed, to the day he passed. I wanted to help Daisy feel like herself again, and how she felt 20 years ago. I volunteer frequently, most of the time with my church, Meadowbrook. I would say I volunteer between 15-20 hours a month, not including mission trips that I take once or twice a year. Building Daisy a wheelchair ramp and seeing how beyond happy she was as she came outside her front door and down to the ground, was by far the most satisfying thing I have ever witnessed, not only in volunteering but in general as well, it continues to give me goosebumps to this day. Though this experience has been the most satisfying, it has been the most challenging. I traveled 900 miles away in the beginning of July with no friends, no phone, and no family. Not seeing or speaking with my family was the hardest challenge about this experience. I have learned a plethora of things while volunteering such as how much a small task can mean to someone, how giving someone a simple gift such as a pair of socks can make their life 100 times better, or how just giving someone a hug or praying for someone could be the reason they are still here today. I have learned beyond what I ever imagined from my volunteer experiences and I would never, for the slightest second, take my volunteer experiences back.
by Avani Patel
Volunteering has become one of my meaningful interests that allowed me give back to my community and educated and informed about the situations and people around me.
by Oscar Camacho Flores
In the essay that I wrote I described how I volunteered, how it made me feel and lastly how it will help me in the long run.
by Angela Arlene Ambrosio
How I've spent my time for the past ten years volunteering with the city of Carson through Mexican Folk dancing.
by Rhylee Lynn Roush
Volunteering is a lifestyle. I encourage everyone to dedicate a portion of their time to volunteer at a local school, shelter, soup kitchen, etc.
by Anthony Rodriguez
How volunteerism brought me closer to my community.
by Nekedra Williams
My personal statement reflecting upon my life, goals, and achievements.
by Grace Aquino
Why I volunteer and what impact I have.
by Gracie Keener
My experience as a person who has volunteered extensively at a local community youth theatre.
by Paul Nicholas Silva
Describes the organization that teaches deaf children to listen and speak without the use of sign language and gain listening, speaking and literacy skills.
by Summer Starr
This is my experience volunteering at the YMCA rockwall and my impact in the volunteer program.
by Claire Wang
We are the students in front of the kids. Volunteering in Church is not a hard thing, you might think you are taking care of them, but actually they are the one give you lessons.
by Trinitee Walker
This essay is a brief glimpse into my time volunteering at Inspira medical center and how it has affected my life.
by Robert Oberlin Leal
My school offers an elective called Ministry of Helps (MOH). It is a program that helps around the school. Being in MOH means being on time, cleaning restrooms, cafeterias, chapel, offices, gyms, painting fields and whatever assistance the school needs. I have been in MOH all my four years of high school. I usually work from 3 to 5 hours a week, depending on my class schedule. It has been a great experience. it is fun helping out the school with my friends. Whenever we have upcoming events or games, MOH is always the first group to go and help set up, clean up, or fix things. Every other day. The feeling of knowing i help out my school is a great one. Without MOH, I'm not sure if Harvest Christian Academy would be as clean as beautiful as it is. We do not really get recognized or thanked for our hard work, but that is okay. we have a fun time being in this elective and do not regret it. When i was a freshman and sophomore, the school would take us out to eat once a month as a reward. It felt great being rewarded for all our had work. My junior year and senior they stopped taking us out to eat so they could use the money for new jerseys for my soccer and basketball teams. Some people quit because we would not get rewarded, but not me. During my junior year, there was only two people left in MOH, my friend and myself. I did not care about the reward, all I cared about was helping my school. MOH has taught me a lot throughout my four years of high school. It has taught me in order to receive rewards, you must earn them through hard work and dedication. It has also taught me that you do not allows have to be a follower. Just because everyone quits something, does not mean I have to. MOH has been a fun and great elective for me and i do not regret joining.
by Makiah Green
In this short essay, I express how volunteering in my community has been influence by my dream of becoming a humanitarian and encouraging others to get involved.
by Samuel Watkins
In my essay I try to explain one of the ways I volunteer by working with a local group to serve the homeless population. I also try to emphasize how volunteerism has shaped who I am and the example set by my parents and family has made it something that I will always have a desire to do.
by Noa Etedgi
In my essay, I share the story of my year abroad in Israel, spent volunteering with Israel's African refugee population.
by Haley Coe
In hopes to lesson the high suicide rates in Alaska, I adopted a suicide prevention program and presented it to thousands of people throughout the state.
by Lauren Brooks
Volunteering by meeting kids where they are, allowing them to stay on their turf, to come and be a better influence and mentor to them.
by Grant Thomas Conner
How I serve in Poland and Ukraine
by Nicholas James Allen
My experience being an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America.
by Jonathan Sams
I volunteer to pick up, package and distribute Panera Bread to a low income community and local shelter
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.