SERVICE ABOVE SELF YOUTH CHALLENGE

SERVICE ABOVE SELF YOUTH CHALLENGE

Service Above Self

For the first time since its inception in 1995, The Service Above Self Youth Awards has been changed to the Service Above Self Youth Challenge for the 2020-2021 academic year. Due to the impact of COVID-19, The Rowan Rotary Club, Rowan County United Way, Cheerwine, Catawba College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Livingstone College have partnered to provide grant awards to children for community service projects.

AWARDS

Three individuals and three organizations are recognized in each division: elementary, middle and high school level.
Student winners in each division receive a medal and a check with a matching amount going to their school or nonprofit organization that nominates him/her:
First Place $250
Second Place $100
Third Place $50.
Groups/Organizations that have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) are eligible for the following: 
First Place: $500 contribution & a plaque
Second Place $100 contribution
Third Place: $50 contribution.

All nominees receive a framed certificate for their service.

Scholarships

Rowan Service Above Self is proud to welcome scholarships to Catawba College for the High School and Middle School winners. Catawba College will provide $60,000 worth of scholarships.

Judges will choose three individual and group winners in the Elementary, Middle and High School divisions. The top middle and high school winners will receive medals, cash awards, and $60,000 worth of scholarships to Catawba College.

  • $5,000 scholarship for four years to the No. 1 high school winner
  • $3,000 scholarship for four years to the No. 2 high school winner
  • $2,000 scholarship for four years to the No. 3 high school winner
  • $5,000 scholarship for four years to the No. 1 middle school winner

 

Scholarships

Rowan Service Above Self is proud to welcome scholarships to Catawba College for the High School and Middle School winners. Catawba College will provide $60,000 worth of scholarships.

Judges will choose three individual and group winners in the Elementary, Middle and High School divisions. The top middle and high school winners will receive medals, cash awards, and $60,000 worth of scholarships to Catawba College.

  • $5,000 scholarship for four years to the No. 1 high school winner
  • $3,000 scholarship for four years to the No. 2 high school winner
  • $2,000 scholarship for four years to the No. 3 high school winner
  • $5,000 scholarship for four years to the No. 1 middle school winner

 

During my junior and senior years of high school, I was honored to be nominated and awarded the Service Above Self Award. When I applied to Wake Forest University, a school that emphasizes its motto – Pro Humanitate (For Humanity), my Service Above Self Award served as an external validation for the work I had completed with at-risk middle school students. This type of recognition program encouraged me to continue volunteering well beyond my high school career into college. I feel confident that receiving this award enhanced my application to my dream school, but more importantly, I was given encouragement from community leaders that volunteering was a worthy cause.

Andrew Smith

Chief Strategy Officer at
Rowan Salisbury Schools

All individuals and groups nominated will be honored at the 26th Service Above Self awards ceremony in
the Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College at 6:30 p.m. on January 14th, 2021.

Nominees will be honored at the 24th Service Above Self awards ceremony in
the Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College at 6:30 p.m. on January 16th.

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