Recipients were selected as recipients based on community service activities, leadership skills and an essay describing the importance of leadership and community service. They were awarded a laptop, carrying case and software all valued at $1,000.
Here is information about each student that earned them this scholarship:
Alexis Cutler, a Senior from Carmel High School, has built her confidence in community service and leadership by serving on Carmel High Schools’ service based student government cabinet. Her Student Government Sponsor has described Alexis as a “selfless and giving leader, willing and capable of dedicating her time and talents to others.” Through her position on the cabinet, she has been given wonderful opportunities to make a difference for organizations such as Riley Children’s Hospital and the American Cancer Society. She was an active participant for the Carmel High School Dance Marathon, where more than $342,000 was raised this year. In addition, Alexis spends her free time volunteering at Riley Children’s Hospital, painting murals in various pre-operation rooms. Alexis also recently chaired various fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, such as Tailgate for Life and Relay for Life. “I recognize that some days we are called to serve in a big way such a with large events, but an impact can be made by serving in the most ordinary day to day things in life,” said Alexis. “I now strive to fill each day with purpose, zeal, and love for something beyond my own desires.” Alexis plans on studying non-profit business management while at college.
PJ Gibson, a Senior at Carmel High School, has spent the majority of his high school career being a catalyst for change through various community service projects. Two years ago, PJ lost a former soccer teammate from alcohol poisoning and ever since that tragic accident, PJ has been an influential leader in bringing awareness of both the Indiana Lifeline Law and the consequences of binge drinking. PJ worked tirelessly to organize the first annual Brett Finbloom Memorial Soccer Game, educating more than 1,800 fans, the biggest crowd Carmel Men’s Soccer had seen in over a decade. “As a high schooler, speaking out against drinking is not necessarily a ‘cool’ thing to do,” said PJ, “But to me and many of my friends, the importance of saving lives and preventing situations like my teammates death were more important than being ‘uncool’.” In addition to being a leader in the community, he is a leader in the classroom and on the playing field, achieving academic all-district and all-conference for varsity soccer. PJ’s English teacher and Varsity Soccer Coach hold PJ in high regard. “PJ is one of the most outgoing, incredible young men I have ever had the opportunity to work with in my 27 years of coaching. I can honestly say that PJ has had a direct and profound impact on my life and I am a better person for having the opportunity to work with such a great leader.”