DO SOMETHING SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
$4,000 Fed Up Scholarship
21 million students a year rely on school lunch as their primary source of energy, but the average school lunch packs in more fat and sodium than a person should eat in a full day. We sked people across the country to take a picture of their school lunch, answer 10 multiple choice questions, and shed light on what's really in cafeteria food.
Samantha says: "I am constantly volunteering in my community by tutoring other students and classmates at my high school and volunteering at my church on the weekends. DoSomething.org offers a lot of simple yet fun ways to earn scholarships that help people to become more involved in their community and learn valid lessons as well, which is why I chose to apply to the Fed Up! Scholarship because something really does need to be done about cafeteria food (I mean did you see the photo I submitted?) This campaign is important to me because although it is easier and cheaper for schools to give us meals like the ones we're used to, it is not benefiting our health as much as it could be. We should have fresher foods, more fruits, and less processed meals. My goals for college are to get a degree in mortuary science, become a mortician, and to be ready for whatever life throws at me!"
$2,000 Secondhand Smoke Scholarship
Secondhand smoke kills over 46,000 nonsmokers every year. Teens across the country shared this sad fact with their friends, bringing to light the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Brittany says:"Dosomething.org was brought to my attention from a scholarship website, and since then I have spread the word about this admirable site to all my classmates. When I saw "Secondhand Smoke Awareness", I became animated and inspired because spreading awareness of the effects of smoking has been a passion of mine since I first-handedly watched my grandfather die due to cancer caused from decades of smoking. With my future college degree, I will attain the knowledge and perseverance needed to be a positively influential member of society, whether that be in the field of engineering, psychology, or international relations."
$4,000 Birthday Mail Scholarship
1 in 3 homeless people in the US is under the age of 18 and unfortunately many of them cannot afford to have a birthday. No one should have to miss their birthday, so we asked young people across the country to come together to create birthday cards for homeless children.
Karli says:"Homelessness is an important cause that needs to be resolved because I don’t like seeing people scared and alone with no where to go; if I were in their shoes, I would want someone out there in the world to care about me, just as I have by sending homemade birthday cards to someone in a homeless shelter. I hope that one day with my college degree as a Registered Nurse, I can help out more people around the world and hopefully make a difference in someone’s life."
$2,000 Environmental Ninja Scholarship
Ninjas emit 86% less CO2 than the average person. Why? Because ninjas don’t drive. We taught people across the country ways to go green, and channel their inner ninja.
Megan says:"Saving the environment is really important to me because it will majorly impact my future. If I don’t do something to fix this problem now, then it will just continue to get worse and may become unrepairable. I am currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in nursing, I wanted to choose an occupation that would allow me to directly help others and decided that nursing was the perfect career for me."
$2,000 Send a Text, Help a Woman Scholarship
Over 1 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day, and 70% of them are women. We asked young people across the country to share that stat with their peers to raise awareness about the issue.
Christie says:" I am thrilled to receive this scholarship because women's empowerment is very important to me as a young woman feeling as though the value of women and what they contribute to our society is greatly underestimated. One day with a college degree, I plan to prove myself as a successful young woman and use my degree to open many doors for my future."
$3,000 Puppy Text Scholarship
Millions of puppies are born in horrible conditions each year, just so puppy mills can make a profit. Through text messages, thousands of young people across the country stepped into the shoes of a pet store employee who discovers their store support puppy mills.
Allison says:"I've always been interested in volunteering with my local animal shelter. I've also had the opportunity of volunteering with the National Honor Society in high school and am starting to volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity, an organization I joined at my university this fall. I am involved with DoSomething.org through their different campaigns and awareness raised with their varied causes. I plan on graduating with my masters degree in social work, which will allow me to pursue child advocacy and other career paths associated with the welfare of my community."
$4,000 Pics for Pets Scholarship
Over half of the pets that enter shelters are euthanized. One reason they don't get adopted? Bad online photos. DoSomething.org asked young people across the country to go into pet shelters and take photos of the animals.
Kristina says:"With so many health risks on the rise in our country, I have plans to help both children and adults with nutrition. I am currently majoring in psychology to better understand the mind. The mind is such a powerful influence on the decisions that we make. I hope to get the knowledge that I need to help the masses make better decisions about the food they eat and how it effects our social relationships, bodies, animals, and our planet as a whole. Thank you Dosomething.org for giving me the chance to help my local community on an issue that is so overlooked."
$4,000 I Heart Dad Scholarship
167 million American adults have high blood pressure - that's 1 in every 3 adults. DoSomething.org challenged young people across the country to take their father's to the drug store to get their blood pressure checked.
Mary says:"This summer, I interned at the Little Light House which is a school for kids that have special needs. The kids at this facility are no older than 4 years old. I helped the teachers keep the children focused, and helped them do their work. I've been a follower and admirer of DoSomething.org for several years now. It has inspired me to get involved with my community like sending cards to troops, and working for the poor."
$3,000 Undocumented for a Day Scholarship
11 million people in the U.S. can't legally work, get an education, or contribute to society because they are not citizens of the U.S. DoSomething.org created a text message game where you could challenge six friends to experience a day in the life of an undocumented student.
Hyunseo says:"Over past year, I've had the pleasure of volunteering as a member of an animal rescue group; this included taking care of the animals and general maintence of the facility. I often forget how fast time passes while I'm participating at the animal adoption center because It was so much fun! It was my father that gave me the useful information about the scholarship program on dosomething.org, from which I've applied and got involved with the Undocumented Students Campaign."
$4,000 Community Improvement Scholarship
There's been a lot of debate in the media recently about teens being lazy, but we know how much you really do. That's why we challenged young people across the country to submit photos of your work improving the community, and we'll use them in a national commercial.
Rebecca says: I helped out with the JROTC program at my high school and have done a bunch of roadside clean ups. I got involved with DoSomething.org by hearing about it and thought hmm, let me see what this is about and once I saw what they had and what they could offer I joined it and loved it. What I hope to get out of a college degree is to get a job I love and will always like to do in the future."
Shayne says: "Over the past year, I’ve volunteered in a few organized environment clean-ups in places like the beach or local canyons. I occasionally receive updates and texts from DoSomething.org , and because of my ability to learn and help out/educate others through simple text messages, I often participate in such promotions. With my college degree, I am hoping to both work for businesses in other countries and broaden my horizons by learning about other countries, their language, and their cultures. If I were a Crayola crayon color, I would be Cerulean. This is because I like to help others (thus the blueness), but I am also passionate in everything that I do (like the brightness of Crayola’s Cerulean)."
Zoe says: "I love to volunteer, and over the past year I've volunteered at my local public library and offered free math tutoring to my classmates. I'm a big fan of DoSomething.org, and have taken part in activities including The Hunt campaign. I plan to study computer science in college, and hope to one day use technology to help people with mental illnesses. If I were a Crayola crayon color, I'd be "beaver" because that's the mascot of, MIT, the college I'll be attending."
Katrina says:"I have been volunteering in my community since I was four years old and have been member of DoSomething.org for over five years. In 2011, I went to a Do Something Boot Camp in Los Angeles as I was starting my own Do Something Club here in San Diego, focusing on helping “Kids In Need,” locally and globally. We participate in many of the national DoSomething.org campaigns and also plan many events on our own. A few of our highlights include collecting over 2,300 pairs of jeans for past Teens For Jeans campaigns, creating hand-tied blankets for orphans and foster kids, and procuring and distributing thousands of pounds of food for a variety of hunger projects including Tackle Hunger, Food Packaging Events and PB & Jam Slam. I will be attending Point Loma Nazarene University this fall and will be double majoring in Managerial & Organizational Communication and Non-Profit Management so that I can continue to be involved in social action and helping others during college and beyond. If I were a Crayola crayon color, I would be Purple Pizazz. The name says it all!!"
Nissi says:"Through DoSomething.org I have worked to raise awareness for Music Education, Texting while driving, and Teen pregnancy. I have been steadily involved with Friends Universities student tutoring outreach program through Colvin Middle school, as I am working towards my Bachelor, in an effort to prepare myself to help change the world as much as I can! If I were a crayon color, I would be bright blue, because it is a cheerful color that can brighten anything. "
Timur says:"With the formation of the Do Something Volunteer Club at my school this year, I decided it would be a lot of fun and benefit for myself to help out my community. Over the past year we have done several in-school and out of school events and the one that sticks out would be cooking dinner for children and their families at the Ronald McDonald house. I hope to have a future in Bio-medical Engineering and with a college degree, have an influence on progressing science in the society that I live. Besides that, I would define myself as an "Outer Space" Crayola, and not only because that sounds cool."
Lauren says:"A friend of mine gave a workshop through DoSomething.org , and I’m thrilled to be a scholarship recipient! This year I’ve helped feed the homeless through my church, and started work for a group on campus to help with a local Hartford food pantry twice a month. I hope to utilize all my University has to offer while I pursue a dual undergraduate degree in Music Education and Classical Voice. If I was a Crayola Crayon color, I would be Off-Road, because I’m pretty consistent with just a few unexpected twists."