The StayUNITED Service Scholarship program was created to provide scholarships to young men and women of exceptional promise beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. The program seeks to encourage and reward well-rounded, bright students who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to service and excel academically.
This scholarship will be offered at all public high schools in Rockland County as well as Rockland Community College. For more information on how and when to apply, students can contact their schools Scholarship Coordinator’s this fall.
Statistics show that young people are increasingly seeking out opportunities to improve their communities by volunteering for projects they deem to be worthwhile. Teenagers volunteer 3 billion hours annually worth more than $35 billion to the U.S economy.
“We are excited to launch this program, and hope that it not only serves as a reward to those who are already active in the community, but also motivates others to become involved,” says Mark Svensson, co-founder of StayUNITED and Rockland native.
“The skills gained by young people who volunteer translates to future benefits, not only for society, but personally. Volunteering teaches youth to respect others and gain a better understanding of citizenship,” says Ismini Svensson, co-founder and chairwoman of StayUNITED.