National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2018 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 2018
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 Luis De Jesus
After hurricane Maria Puerto Rico got devastated and many homes were lost, in my school a teacher named Mrs. Aidita created a volunteer community work group named Puerto Rico Renace (Puerto Rico Reborn). In this group, we the students spent hour after school hours in a classroom filled with canned foods, we packed them up in grocery bags and after a week we drove to the most remote devastated part of the island and delivered the food to the elderly and people in need.
by Alyssa Nicole Lincoln
For the past three years, I have worked closely with the Southeastern Guide Dog Organization in the raising of two guide dogs and their care, all sparked by an interest in dogs as a child.
by Zion Walker
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer awareness over the course of her lifetime, and my junior year I got a chance to help some of these women by selling breast cancer shirts and hats. All proceed from this project went to a charity by the name of "Pink Posse" where they help breast cancer patients pay their bills.
by Daniel Naqui
What I have taken away from my volunteer experience with ESE students at my high school.
by Luke Marshall Hendershot
A brief summary of my high school volunteer experiences.
by Edwin Chacon
in the essay i would describe my year in ROTC
by Mckennah Palmer
"The Race is not to the Swift" highlights Mckennah Palmer's volunteer service as an assistant soccer coach on an Eagle Mountain city league team for two years.
by Ieneke Jimenez
How working with special needs changes their lives and has shaped mine for the better.
by Jordan George Mccord
I believe the wealth gap is the most pressing issue in the U.S today. I believe we can reduce this gap through financial literacy & entrepreneurship.
by Catalina Montenegro
Essay was apart of school assignment.
by Amber LaNette Edmunds
Sharing my experiences with volunteering in my community as well as overseas.
by Austin J. Baum
My experience volunteering as a Sunday School mentor.
by Adrian Hildebrant
If you or someone you loved were in the hospital wouldn’t you want the doctors to be able to focus on you and how to make you better rather than the paperwork they have to file? Most people see hospitals as a place of sickness and dying, but I see them as a place of healing and hope. I volunteer at my local hospital because of the anonymous difference that I can make behind the scenes. I’m certainly not a doctor but I can assist them so they are able to do the best job they can.
by Nainika Ravichandran
This personal statement discusses how and why I started volunteering, how it has shaped my life over the past 18 years, and what my future plans are in terms of volunteering.
by Dhruv J Patel
My essay is about how my life was changed by volunteering and the Interact Club. The Interact Club is a school club centralized around community interaction and volunteering. From this club, I have learned much about community service and what it means to be a true volunteer. Overall, the essay details the many aspects of my volunteer work and how that made me see the community as my own family.
by Anish Rijal
Just gives my thoughts and the environment of a food bank called Northwest Food Harvest
by Lauren Lehner
My accounts of volunteering as a special olympics basketball coach.
by Emma Jacobs
The birth of an extraordinary foundation that helps feed the hungry.
by Briana James
My essay is about my time as a volunteer at an Elementary School
by Bayinnah K Shah
A wonderful experience about volunteering at a Horse Therapy Program at a Horse Ranch.
by Kristina Holsapple
Volunteering with children has changed my life, and hopefully I've changed the lives of children. This area of volunteering is tailored to what children need, and helping them succeed in their own terms.
by Megan Kavanaugh
I founded a club at m school that raises money for local charities.
by McKenzie Morgan
The baseball season that changed my heart.
by Jonathan Douglas Birmingham
This simple essay explains how I eviscerated the innate disdain of service I developed from my past and turned my passion towards public service.
by Ashley Nguyen
How I create change in younger generations through volunteering as a junior swim coach
by Adrienne Hailey Fox
In this essay I share some personal stories about my experience working one on one with an elementary school girl. I talk about what it was like volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and how it has impacted my life.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in either High School, University or College as a full-time student (2018-2019 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 April 1st: application deadline; winners announced 5/07/18
2. Round 2 August 1st: application deadline; winner announced 8/31/18
3. Round 3 December 1st: application deadline; winners announced 12/31/18
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.