2015 Scholarship Recipients

I evolved from a confident child, through a self conscious teen, into a woman who possesses strong communication abilities. In my community I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Godís Love, National Honors Society, and teen council where I teach about positive relationships and health education. Through gay-straight alliance, envirothon, and speech and debate I have been a part of research, education, and communication to advance equal rights and tackle the effects of new policies on our community. I have spoken to congress officials in DC as a National Officer of Skills USA and attended board meetings for increased funding of education. I will continue to be involved no matter where I go. I believe in the value of education, diverse communities and societal enrichment. I am committed to continuing to evolve as a leader of the common good for the rest of my life by staying involved in the community and taking advantage of education. I have taken advantage of the education available to me by choosing AP and Honors courses, as well as many others to further develop my interests such as Drafting, Health Occupations, and Ceramics. I will be the first in my family to complete high school and pursue higher education. Though I come from a low income family, this is something that Iím proud of. It gives me strength, character, perseverance and determination and it is something that Iíve never let hold me back. I wouldnít be where I am today without the knowledge that sometimes I have must push myself beyond my own limits. I am applying for this scholarship because I want to take advantage of every second of the day, college is my next step in this journey through life, and this scholarship can help me get there.

Summer Diegel

Helena Farmer's Market Scholarship Application Essay

Jonah MartinI am a senior at Helena High School and will attend Carroll College this fall. If I win this scholarship, I promise to put it toward achieving academic success in college.

I worked hard in high school to achieve nationally recognized academic performance. I have taken the more demanding courses. My junior year I took 4 AP courses and an on-line course to prepare for the ACT test and college. While the workload caused my GPA to drop, I achieved the success I hoped for by scoring very high on my ACT test (34 composite, 36 math). I earned recognition including being a U.S. Presidential Scholar Program Candidate, College Board AP Scholar with Honor Award, National Forensics League Honor Award, Helena Regional Math Contest Superior Rating, lettered for Band (x3), lettered for Speech and Debate Team, and was selected for Boys State. I am well prepared for college. My grades have fully rebounded this year even though I am taking English 4 AP, Carroll Calculus and Physics.

I believe in the importance of volunteerism. Itís a great way to serve the community, meet diverse people, develop leadership skills, and learn teamwork. In the past 12 months, Iíve volunteered 180 hours on my Eagle Scout project, in Student Council, Pep Band, Helena Friendship Center and my family recycling program. My Eagle Scout project required 78 personal hours, 119 volunteersí hours, and nearly $2000 in donations to build an outdoor classroom for the Eastgate Elementary School. I look forward to continuing in community service while at Carroll.

Over the past year Iíve been heavily involved in extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, Student Council, Speech and Debate Team, Wind Symphony Band, Pep Band, and Boy Scouts. I was the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 121. I believe if you are not involved during your high school years then you are missing out on so much.

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this important scholarship.

Jonah Martin