Citizens Bank Undergraduate Scholarship
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We are very excited to announce the winners. The topic was, "If you had $100,000 to spend, how would you impact your community?" Check the winners and their entries:
A TCTC Center would offer children a base for community service. Adult volunteers would organize community projects, such as serving veterans. Then, children would arrive at the center, sign up for projects, and report to a service team. For example, one little girl could help paint food drive posters while another young man prepares care packages for the nursing home.
With $100,000, I would create a TCTC Center, purchase supplies, and hire the center’s manager. In every community, there arise areas in need of service. Through a TCTC Center, not only would immediate community needs be answered, but the next generation would also learn how to serve future communities.
True joy is not found in satisfying self, but in bettering others. At a TCTC Center, children would find opportunities to use their time wisely. But most importantly, children would discover why Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."
There are plenty of programs available that offer free and affordable meals to students in need during the school year, which provide nutritious breakfast and lunches so that a child will never go hungry while seeking an education. Many low-income families rely on school provided meals as a major food source for their kids. Unfortunately, once the term has ended, many young scholars go hungry without the reliability of a meal program. To erase the gap between low-income children and accessible foods, I would use $100,000 to contribute towards ending childhood hunger in my community by creating a free summer meal program for students to ensure that they can continue to receive nutritious meals when school is no longer in session. It can be available seven days a week and use a voucher system that gives students access to food three times a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This creates an organized system that can be easily replicated and used as a reference for future summers. Every student, regardless of family income, will have an opportunity to work towards becoming a future leader without going on an empty stomach. Implementing a free summer meal program in my community will allow for every child to have access to food and serve as a catalyst to promote the need for more programs that can further work towards ending childhood hunger.
August 1, 2018