WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 3, 2021 — Each year, United Way of the Plains’ Aaron Joel Smith Memorial Youth Volunteer Scholarship rewards three high school students who are active volunteers with United Way of the Plains or nonprofits affiliated with United Way. Scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, and are used during the first year of college.
Residents of Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley and Sumner County are eligible to apply. The scholarship application is available online at https://unitedwayplains.org/youth-volunteer-scholarship/. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. All winners will be notified in the spring of 2022.
Mark Stump is the Director of Community Services and oversees the application process. Stump said, “This scholarship has been granted to outstanding youth volunteers in our community since 1992. The memorial scholarship honors Aaron Joel Smith, along with three of his classmates, who tragically lost their lives in a 1991 car accident. The award is a tribute to Smith’s spirit of volunteerism and his involvement as a campaign coordinator for the 1991 United Way fundraising campaign at Northeast Magnet School in Wichita.”
Applicants should list volunteer activities they’ve participated in since their freshman year of high school, including ongoing volunteer work. Questions can be directed to Mark Stump at (316) 267-1321, extension 4216.
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