On May 17, Commissioner John Albright, Missouri Community Service Commission presented freshman Skylar Webb of School of the Osage High School with a congratulatory Proclamation from Governor Jay Nixon and a $1,000 scholarship distributed as part of the High School Student-Volunteer Community Service Awards initiative launched in 2010. Webb was the only freshman student-volunteer to be selected state-wide for this special recognition. Other high school recipients included four seniors, two juniors, and onesophomore from six other Missouri counties. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to be nominated if they meet or exceed the nomination criteria as posted on www.movolunteers.org.
For community service to be considered for this award, 50 cumulative hours must be completed at each high school grade level. The goals of this high school youth initiative are as follows:
To encourage the beginning of a “life-long” focus in our Missouri high school youth for “giving back”.
To increase our Missouri high school youth exposure to “values in action” as they engage in their volunteer community service.
The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) and the Monsanto Foundation have acted in concert to partner in the fourth annual state-wide high school student-volunteer outstanding community service awards program. Each Missouri high school is eligible to nominate one outstanding student-volunteer from each grade level. After a review of all of the state-wide nominations, eight student-volunteers were selected by a MCSC Committee of Commissioners. This year each of these outstanding student-volunteers received a special Proclamation from Governor Jay Nixon recognizing their individual outstanding community service results and a scholarship award of $1,000. The scholarships were made possible this year through the generous donations from the program corporate sponsor Monsanto Foundation.
The MCSC is located in the Department of Economic Development. The MCSC connects Missourians of all ages and backgrounds in an effort to improve unmet community needs through direct and tangible service. The MCSC serves as administrator for AmeriCorps State funding in Missouri by awarding monetary grants and providing technical assistance and support.
Students interested in applying for the 2014 High School Student-Volunteer Community Service Scholarship Awards should contact their high school counselors and go to the MCSC web site www.movolunteers.org . There a student-volunteer can read about the nomination criteria for each high school grade level and a summary of the types of qualifying community service, while downloading the nomination materials... Qualifying service may be logged during the school calendar as well as when school is not in session. Nominations are due to the MCSC in early February 2014.