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High School Senior Awarded Volunteerism Scholarship (1 of 4)

High School Senior Awarded Volunteerism Scholarship (1 of 4)

Each year the United Way of West Central Minnesota offers scholarships to students who volunteer. There’s a natural gap between what government and business do to contribute to the community. Volunteers and non-profits fill that gap. 33 students in our area applied this year and four were selected to receive to scholarship sent directly to their college of choice. Our first awardee highlight is:

Kari Schultz

Kari is a student of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Jr. Sr. High School and has contributed to over 20 charitable endeavors in our community.

Why do you feel it is important to volunteer?

Community service is important to get to know people and also to be involved in different activities locally. With being involved in community service, you get the chance to serve others who sometimes can’t serve themselves. You become known in the community, and you can be role models for many young children who look up to you. You can also make social interactions with many people and improve communication skills. In doing community service, you can even gain a better self esteem knowing what you do makes a difference to many people in the community. You are making a difference in the lives of everybody. Being involved in activities around the community, you can become an active member of the community and leave a lasting impact on those who you serve. Throughout my school years, the community has done so much for me. They show support to all kids in sporting events, or any other school event. Community service gives you the chance to give back to those who give so much support. I have been involved in quite a few volunteering activities. I do that because I love to help out the community and do something positive for the surrounding members. After high school, I plan to major in physical therapy assisting at Lake Area Technical College. I want the chance to help others who have helped me become a better version of myself. I want to make a difference in the lives of the community members and give them a reason to smile. I want them to get motivated to do things for others and leave behind a positive influence on the community.

Join us in congratulating and wishing Kari, and all high school seniors, all the best in their next chapters.

This year’s outstanding seniors:

33 applications, 4 winners being awarded at school presentations.
Scholarships will be awarded at $500 each and will be sent directly to the recipient’s college of attendance upon verification of enrollment.
If you’d like to find areas of need that you could contribute to click here to find a list of current needs.