We're excited to announce the winners of the Unigo Good Deeds Scholarship!

“Have you ever volunteered, done community service, or helped others in a way that changed the world for the better? If not, what would you do in the future to make a difference? Explain how your good deed positively contributed (or will contribute) to society.”

For these scholarship seekers, giving their time for free can really pay off. Whether it’s volunteering at a nonprofit or simply helping a friend in need, our Good Deeds Scholarship wants to recognize their hard work and dedication to making the world a better place. See our past winners and their scholarship responses below.

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2013 Winner

Mimi L. San Francisco, CA

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Two words. Infinite meaning. “Thank you.” There’s something about those words that after mornings spent dragging myself out of bed, sacrificing much-needed sleep, a simple “thank you” is enough to make it all worth it. And it’s those two words that have driven me – and thousands like me – to serve my community. However, out of all the events I have volunteered at, the one that has impacted me the most is GLIDE.

GLIDE aims to break cycles of poverty by providing meals to San Francisco’s poor and hungry. As a volunteer, I am given the opportunity to witness the simple happiness that arises from something I’m so used to taking for granted – a hot meal. Through serving breakfast and lunch as well as bagging food to be taken to other parts of the city, I am given the satisfaction that every time I step into that place bustling with activity and filled with such busy happy warmth, even an everyday person like me can make a positive difference in someone else’s life.

As said in the scientific theory known as the butterfly effect, something so small as the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can spark a chain of events that can revolutionize the entire world. Though that theory may be slightly overstated, I believe that as a single person helps another, an individual life is changed; as a thousand people help thousands more, society itself is changed, for the better. That is the power of volunteering.

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