High school senior volunteers can now apply for United Way youth scholarships

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — United Way of Southwest Michigan is seeking nominations for the Volunteer United Youth Scholarship Award.

The Volunteer United Youth Scholarship Award recognizes one self-nominated winner from each of the three counties in the southwest Michigan area: Berrien, Cass and Van Buren, who has demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism through innovation, dedication and advocacy for community improvement throughout their high school career, according to United Way representatives.

Winners will be recognized in the fall of 2020. Each winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship made out to their college on their behalf. Only current high-school seniors are eligible to apply.

“When a young person shows a commitment to helping others early in life, that’s an indication of future success, and it benefits all of us in the community to support that person so they can continue to grow and contribute as they move into adulthood,” said Debbie Ramirez, volunteer engagement director at United Way of Southwest Michigan. “We encourage all high-school seniors in Southwest Michigan who volunteer their time to apply, and we look forward to giving back to those youth leaders who give so much of themselves.”

Applications are due by May 31. High-school seniors can apply at uwsm.org/nominate-a-volunteer.