March 24, 2013

Dear Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators:

Thank you for your interest in the Carpe Diem Foundation Scholarship Program.

The Carpe Diem Foundation of Illinois is not able to offer new scholarships for the Fall 2013 Term. We will continue to fully fund all scholarships that have previously been granted, pursuant to our existing criteria.

We will re-evaluate whether we are in a position to fund new grants from time to time.

Sincerely,

Gordon V. Levine,
Executive Director


November 21, 2012

To: The 2012 Candidates
Re: 2012 Carpe Diem Foundation Scholarships


The 2012 scholarship competition was an exciting and inspiring experience for those of us at the Carpe Diem Foundation of Illinois. We were able to communicate with and get to know many of the most dedicated and motivated students from across the Country. This was a tremendously positive experience for us and we hope it was for you, too.

We offer our congratulations to the winners, and also, to everyone who applied for the scholarships. We could not be more proud of you. The future of humanity will be in good hands, because, with or without scholarships, you will find a way to seize the day.

To say that your outstanding qualifications made the selection process demanding and difficult would be a great understatement. There was very little differentiation between the Scholarship Recipients and the rest of the recognized students. However, we did select seventeen winners of the 2012 Carpe Diem Scholarship Program. The names and biographies of the winners follow this letter.

We wish you the best of luck in all of your pursuits. Carpe Diem!


Sincerely,

Gordon V. Levine,
Executive Director

 

 


 

 

THE 2012 CARPE DIEM SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

 

Jonathan Braun

Michelle Bunch

Jeremiah DeMoss

Hannah DeWit

Texel Feder

Alexandra Gobell

Amy Hess

Erika Kleibrink

Rebecca Nock

Mira Rapp-Hooper

Zachary Rhodes

Lauren Schlosser

Kaylee Schmitz

Amanda Swenson

Ashley Wiseman

Brian Wood

Takashi Yanagi

 

 

 

Name

Jonathan Martin Braun

Major

Music Education

College

DePaul University

Career Goal

Secondary Music and Teacher

Favorite Service Activity

Camp Counselor

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Medical Technologist
Dad - City Worker

Recommender’s Comments

"Music is a real passion in Jonathan's life. He is constantly practicing, seeking for new ways to learn and improve, and most importantly, looking for ways to share his talent. I suppose this is what leads him to want to pursue music education in college and as a career. He is so dynamic - I see this as a perfect fit for him! He is so motivated too! I could go on and on with the activities that he pursues in the musical arena, but it would require another page. The real theme is that he has a real desire to share his music and connect with people through music. Connecting with people is another area in which Jonathan excels. Not just with peers and faculty does he interact exceptionally well, but with young children too. "Mr. Jonathan" is what the young four and five year olds of the Chicago Park District summer camp program refer to him. Patience, creativity and energy have enabled him to be a popular and effective camp counselor for the past two summers earning high reviews from parents and staff of the program."

"Jon is a natural leader. He is friendly, out-going, conscientious and excellent at organizing and supervising other musicians. During the weeks of rehearsal prior to a concert, he assists me in conducting sectional rehearsals. I rely on him to see that the other accompanists know their pieces and to communicate any problems they may be experiencing to me. Jon is very approachable and is always willing to help his peers prepare for concerts and auditions. Recently, Jon went along with another student to serve as an accompanist for the students' college vocal audition."

Essay Excerpt

"Teaching is one of the most important jobs in a society, and a job that I would love to have . . . . Some of the greatest teachers I have ever had were great simply because they loved what they did, and this is why I would like to teach; I am extremely passionate about music . . . . I would love to become a teacher so I can share my knowledge and hopefully inspire students to feel the same way about music . . . . For the past two years, I have worked as a summer camp counselor for the Chicago Park District. . . . Being a counselor or teacher teaches the teacher many things. I have faced challenges and have overcome them. I n addition to all the knowledge and experience I have gained, I also have many dear memories from my experiences as a counselor."

 

 

Name

Michelle Bunch

Major

Architecture

College

Georgia Institute of Technology

Career Goal

Architect

Favorite Service Activity

Perform, mentor and promote the joys of Dance

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Parent Volunteer and Chairman for Annual Fundraiser
Dad - Superintendent of Metro Waterproofing

 

Recommender’s Comments

"Michelle Bunch is a brilliant and focused student who loves a challenge. So, when she was a sophomore at George Walton Comprehensive High School, Michelle opted to take my AP English Language and Composition class. The rigorous class included John Milton’s Paradise Lost, but Michelle did not blink; she was intrigued by the challenge."

"I have been a teacher at the competitive Walton High School for 13 years now, and I have encountered only one student who always wanted to do more than I asked--Michelle."

"Michelle is exceptional in so many ways. ... She has received many honors both academically and as a dancer. ... A quick study, Michelle is often called upon to help others with choreography and does so with enthusiasm, patience, and kindness. She is a wonderful mentor to our younger company members, serving as a big sister each year. ...Michelle is definitely one of my top favorite picks out of literally thousands of students in my thirty-eight years of teaching. She is intelligent, thoughtful, respectful, talented, witty and an all around fabulous person."

Essay Excerpt

"My innate proclivity to create has always been a major feature of my personality. In fact, if I were able to walk into my room on any given day during my childhood, I would most likely have found myself sprawled in the middle of the floor encircled by a mass of Lego, Jenga blocks or dominoes stacked together to form some sort of structure. My inspiration to become an architect stems from my desire to create, and within the constantly expanding possibilities of architecture, I feel as though I have found the perfect way to shape the world in which we live while exercising both the analytic and creative sides of my mind."

 

 

Name

Jeremiah DeMoss

Major

Architecture/Studio Art

College

Rice University

Career Goal

Architect

Favorite Service Activity

Math/Science Tutor

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Program Assistant & Library Associate
Dad - Parks Supervisor

Recommender’s Comments

"When I think about Jeremy and the potential he has, I am excited to think of what he will create with his inventive designs. I have no doubt that I will see some of his buildings and structures amongst us in years to come or read about him in the architecture magazines. His astounding creativity is well beyond his years and I have no doubt he will do, and build, great things in his life. There are few students that have all of the elements needed to be a true success this early on in their lives, however, for Jeremy DeMoss, he is definitely one in a million."

Essay Excerpt

"In order to gain insight into the day to day operation of an architectural firm, I applied for an architecture internship....It was an enlightening experience to observe practicing architects and interns designing structures that would become spaces for real people to live, work and play."

"I discovered the additional skills necessary to run a successful architectural firm. I discovered that architects need strong abilities in oral and written communications and that designs are often driven by budgets and client satisfaction. Viewing all aspects of architecture beyond design, I realized how much I love architecture."

 

 

Name

Hannah DeWit

Major

Life Sciences

College

Tulane University

Career Goal

Religious Music, performance and education

Favorite Service Activity

Choir Director

Parents’ Employment

Mom – Attorney
Dad – College Professor

Recommender’s Comments

"Hannah has helped lead Temple Sinai’s children’s choir with me for the past 4 years….She has been counselor at the temple’s youth retreats for 3—7th grade religious school students for the past two years….Hannah is one of the only high school students who has dedicated themselves to this level of leadership, and I have been impressed not only by her diligence, but also by the initiative that she has demonstrated in undertaking such responsibilities. In her service she has proven herself to be a clear communicator, and is dedicated to helping others."

Essay Excerpt

"I love working with kids in a music setting because with music, everyone has a part and we can accomplish something beautiful. Music is a universal language and can easily cross cultural and socio-economic borders. Everyone has a voice and there are a million ways we can use our voices, in song, to express ourselves. Throughout my 5 years of active temple involvement, I have learned to relate to my religion in more meaningful ways through my love of music."

 

 

Name

Texel Feder

Major

Political Science & Liberal Studies

College

Montana State University

Career Goal

Lawyer Engaged in Policy Development

Favorite Service Activity

Participation in Engineers without Borders

Parents’ Employment

Mother – SAT Scorer; Bindery Work
Dad – Writer

Recommender’s Comments

"I had the pleasure of having Texel as a student in my Honors Music and Society course. She was one of the finest students I have had in the ten-year history of this class. Recently I recommended her to our Provost as the sole student representative on the College of Letters and Science Dean Search. "

"This year, I asked Texel to serve on the Presidential Scholarship Selection Committee, a committee consisting of deans and distinguished professors together with four current Presidential Scholars. Texel asked some of the most challenging questions of the day, thereby providing candidates with an opportunity to shine and demonstrate their mettle. Her ability to gauge the candidates’ abilities to field such questions was indicative of an emotional maturity and intelligence that is rare."

Essay Excerpt

"...My mother has always believed that community service should be the emphasis in scouting and in life, whether it was delivering Meals on Wheels, making baby blankets, or stuffing care packages for the troops....Now that I am in college I have involved myself with two groups on campus, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and Amnesty International..."

"...EWB at Montana State University works to bring clean water and sanitation to 61 primary schools in the Khwisero district of western Kenya. My involvement and commitment to EWB’s mission led me to be elected Vice President and to take on the job of chairing our largest fundraiser, the Jubilee Dinner, which raised $30,000. I traveled to Kenya in June, 2011 with our travel team and worked with a local community on a composting latrine project."

 

 

Name

Alexandra Gobell

Major

Music Education

College

University of St. Thomas

Career Goal

Performer and Band Director

Favorite Service Activity

Hospital Volunteer

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Social Worker
Dad - Medical Center Administrator

Recommender’s Comments

"Alexandra has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to serving this hospital and the community. Whether she was working with our young volunteers, patients, St. Luke's staff, or older volunteers, she was always enthusiastic, respectful and responsible. Everyone enjoyed working with her, appreciating her work ethic and the genuine kindness and caring she exudes. Alexandra is one of those people who "lights up the room" with her smile! In spite of being an exceptional student, a talented musician, and being heavily involved in other community activities, she managed to accumulate a tremendous amount of volunteer hours here at St. Luke's."

"I liked to assign new volunteers to work with Alexandra because I knew I could trust her to be a knowledgeable, kind, capable mentor--she was my chosen role model for other Junior Volunteers. She always accepted assignments willingly and followed through with a performance that was consistently above what was expected. She grasped every new task quickly and often added her own personal improvements. There was never a doubt that she would do an exceptional job with everything and anything I asked her to do."

Essay Excerpt

"I can honestly say that music is my true passion in life. I really can't think of the last instance when I had free time and I was not playing, singing, or listening to music. Music is who I am. With music I am able to express myself, let out all my stresses from a rough day, and just be myself...When I perform and teach others how to perform, I hope that it not only makes me feel incredible but also touches the lives of others. I dream that one day, I will not only be able to say that music has impacted my life but that I have had an impact on music."

 

 

Name

Amy Hess

Major

Music

College

Oberlin College and Conservatory

Career Goal

Performer and Teacher

Favorite Service Activity

Girl Scouts, Church

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Violin Teacher
Dad - Physician

Recommender’s Comments

"A remarkable young woman - honor student, gifted violinist, and a poised and effective leader - Amy demonstrates creativity, intelligence, discipline, and enthusiasm for every endeavor she undertakes. Her community service project for the Girl Scout Gold Award demonstrates her perception of needs in her community and her creativity in planning and implementing a program to help ameliorate those needs. Her project was part of a larger effort by the Manheim Township School District in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to improve the academic performance of a selected group of students by offering music lessons. Amy's project consisted of teaching a six-week violin class for a group of third-graders at Brecht Elementary School. She prepared and taught lessons following the Suzuki Method, which emphasizes praise and encouragement of each child's efforts. Amy's music lessons offered these students new skills that would not only allow them to join music ensembles in Manheim Township elementary, middle, and high schools but also provided an endeavor in which discipline and persistence results in success -an experience they could transfer to other areas of their lives."

Essay Excerpt

"Girl Scouts has been a part of my life since kindergarten. . . . We spent many enjoyable years camping, earning badges, and doing community services. . . . I found a safe place to be myself. I was not afraid to voice my ideas and opinions during meetings and to try new roles in the group. I grew a lot as an individual during my Cadette and Senior years, and I never would have done so without the warm and welcoming troop I joined. In that troop I earned Interest Projects, performed community service, and achieved the Silver and Gold Awards. For my Gold Award project, I taught after-school group violin lessons to third graders. Through working with them, I learned that I can pass on my intangible passion and excitement for music to others."

 

 

Name

Erika Kleibrink

Major

Landscape Architecture

College

Cornell University

Career Goal

Environmentalist

Favorite Service Activity

Environmental Club, Girl Scouts

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Not-for-Profit Fundraiser
Dad - Insurance Sales

Recommender’s Comments

"She is an outstanding person, a goal-oriented and talented student who is engaged and involved in her community as a capable artist, writer, speaker and thinker. Notably Erika is an avid environmentalist; she once served as vice-president of her class while serving as president of the Environment Club. This was just the beginning. She is a three-time 1st place and one-time grand prize winner of the Annual Falls Church Calendar Art Contest, has had a gallery showing of her artworks, has received bronze, silver, gold and leadership awards in Girl Scouts, has been a Mustang Ambassador and she has designed two community gardens as Watershed Stewardship team leader and designed rain flow and butterfly school gardens for green efficiency and beautification. Not too long ago Erika felt so strongly about the educational need concerning environmental affairs that she designed, organized, coordinated and created a beautiful garden devoted to a retired teacher. She's not only very good at such community pursuits, but she's also curious, humorous, independent and amiable. Erika is a disciplined learner, an enthusiastic and continuously engaged reader and writer, who loves learning and its relevant application."

Essay Excerpt

"I have been in Girl Scouts for 12 years now. I completed my Silver Award by designing a garden for a local park that celebrates out town's Victorian era heritage. I researched plans that were in use during the 1890s and also met our local Arborist's criteria: native plants, non­invasive, shade-tolerant, and low maintenance. I also raised money to buy some of the plants and recruited volunteers to help the town's landscaping crew with planting. . . . As president of my high school's Environmental Club for the past two years, I planned and led an effort in my Junior Year to design and plant a garden for butterflies and other pollinators beside the school. . . . I wrote and asked for donations from the Garden Club and our local environmental group, and we asked students and parents to sponsor a plant in honor of someone. We raised enough to also buy a bench and plaque inscribed in honor of a long-time English teacher and environmentalist who had just been diagnosed with brain cancer shortly after retiring. Now, in the spring of my senior year, I am enjoying watching my garden shake off winter and come to life."

 

 

Name

Rebecca Nock

Major

Nursing/Economics

College

University of Pittsburgh

Career Goal

Pediatric Chronic Care

Favorite Service Activity

Girl Scout Gold Award, Patient Support Assistant

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Attorney
Dad - Engineer

Recommender’s Comments

"Rebecca sought me out shortly after arriving at the University to express interest in my research with patients who are unable to speak during care in the intensive care unit...she...had ideas about how her prior work with speech language pathologists and disabled children could translate to the adult acute care setting. Rebecca is extremely bright, engaged, and enthusiastic. She has been instrumental in developing teaching posters for the study intervention, producing and cataloguing communication materials, and distributing these resources to our study sites. Her work has been creative, detail-oriented, efficient, and accurate. She has worked with our research team for two semesters and plans to continue through the summer when she will begin a more independent role in data collection with critically ill patients and their family members. It is only because of Rebecca's maturity, intelligence, respectfulness and good judgment that I am able to entrust a student at her level with this responsibility."

Essay Excerpt

"Camp M. I. Way exposed me to campers who had multiple impairments, including some who could not hear or see, many who could not speak, and a large number who were immobile, spending hours each day in a wheel chair. As a counselor, I learned how to engage these campers and guide them through activities that simulated a traditional camp setting, enabling them to progress in small, but significant ways, Watching these children develop over the years has touched my life and has been a catalyst driving me to accomplish my goals."

 

 

Name

Mira Rapp-Hooper

Major

PhD in Political Science with emphasis in International Relations

College

Columbia University

Career Goal

International Affairs

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Professor of Anthropology
Dad - Civil Rights Attorney (Deceased)

Essay Excerpt

"...Successful defense of my proposal means that the vast majority of my attention will now be focused on my dissertation project, entitled “All-Weather Friends?: Signaling Security Guarantees in International Politics.” In my dissertation, I examine the formation and management of security guarantees or “nuclear umbrella alliances,” which provide extended deterrent commitments to allies abroad. Nuclear security guarantees have been a cornerstone of US foreign policy since 1949, and understanding why they form, how they work, and how they change over time will be crucial to confronting 21st century security threats, such as a nuclearizing Iran. "

"...The program, titled Public Policy and Nuclear Threats, trains the next generation of nuclear leaders in many important aspects of nuclear policymaking. The program is sponsored by the Department of Energy and National Security Administration, and provides instruction in nuclear physics, reactor technology safeguards, nuclear forensics, as well as a panoply of political topics..."

 

 

Name

Zachary Rhodes

Major

Biology/Botany

College

Truman State University

Career Goal

Field Research

Favorite Service Activity

Environmental Research Fellowship

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Nurse

Recommender’s Comments

"I had the pleasure of knowing Zach…during his participation in the Shaw Institute for Field Training program…I found that Zach has an unprecedented knowledge of botany for a high school student. His participation was very focused and it is clear that he has a natural inclination towards the sciences. He is well liked by his peers and has a good sense of humor, but does not let social interaction s distract him from his work….(H)e managed to balance it with all of his additional service work through his school organizations and a part-time job. He clearly has a commitment to service work and the ability to responsibly manage a very full schedule of activities."

Essay Excerpt

"Ethnobotany is the study of humans and their relationships with plants. Scientists like this bring back foods, fibers, and medicines to the western world. I would love to join the ranks of these amazing scientists….I would love to find a never before discovered plant used by natives that can help in the suppression of tumors. There is only so much that a lab can do for cancer. I hope that Mother Nature can step up and provide us with the next, and hopefully final, step in fighting cancer."

 

 

Name

Lauren Schlosser

Major

Animal Science

College

University of Missouri

Career Goal

Veterinarian

Favorite Service Activity

Genetics Lab Research

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Project Manager
Dad - Cartographer

Recommender’s Comments

"As a member of the University of Missouri's Horse Farm Volunteer organization Lauren has donated 2-3 hours a week and has taken charge of the daily care and management of our 22 horse breeding herd during her shifts. . . .I do rely on her attendance and assistance as if she was a paid employee. She has proved to be very punctual and responsible. . . . Lauren is very observant in her duties and often notices small problems or inconsistencies before they become a larger issue. Lauren is not only very trustworthy in her responsibilities, but has additionally shown to be a wonderful team player. . . . Lauren has been charged with training new volunteers and teaching them about proper horse care. It takes a special student to be able to diplomatically train their peers, and Lauren has done this very well. Lauren is always cheerful while doing even the less desirable jobs. She is a mature young lady who treats all of her class mates with respect and courtesy. Her positive attitude is infectious and drives those around her to do their best."

Essay Excerpt

"[W]hen I volunteered at Missouri Wildlife Refuge, I found a true match for my spirit and natural talents. Nursing animals back to health and doing all the tasks necessary to get them back to the wild turned out to be an epiphany for me. That was when I decided I wanted to become a veterinarian. Today, I am completing my junior year in college with a major in Animal Science. I have been accepted into the University of Missouri Pre-Veterinary Medicine Scholars Program. . . . Many around me have already dropped out of the program because it is so challenging but I intend to meet my original goal to be a veterinarian."

 

 

Name

Kaylee Schmitz

Major

Land Rehabilitation

College

Montana State University

Career Goal

Work for Environmental Organization or National Parks System

Favorite Service Activity

Girl Scout and Track Team Leadership Activities

Parents’ Employment

Mom – Bookseller
Dad – I.T.

Recommender’s Comments

"Kaylee will soon receive the Gold Award--Girl Scout’s highest honor. She will receive the award for creating a meditation garden for the citizens of O’Fallon at a city park. She planned all aspects of the garden including obtaining permission from the Parks and Recreation Department, designing, planting, soliciting volunteers, and securing funds and donations to complete the project. This takes months to accomplish, so Kaylee had to organize, plan ahead, and show resolve to get the job done. In the end, O’Fallon has a beautiful, low maintenance garden for all to enjoy. "

"Kaylee’s specific area of interest is in plant science with application in resource management. This interest is rare to find in a high school student, but I saw her “light up” during our study of Ecology. She easily grasped concepts and immediately applied them to current environmental trends, far above what I witnessed in her classmates. "

Essay Excerpt

"...While man extends his civilization into the wildest parts of the world, ecosystems and its organisms become harmed. Always fascinated and inspired by nature, I want to learn how to maintain a healthy world where all the countless species may coexist. In high school, I arranged my schedule so I could double up on Honors science classes my junior and senior years, as well as become a laboratory assistant for the Chemistry department. From my six science class I’ve learned that environmental science intrigues me and is something I’d like to further my education in. "

"...Being part of my school’s track team not only keeps me fit, but encourages me to keep my grades up, become a strong leader and role model for younger runners, stay physically and emotionally healthy, and most importantly to strive to be the best I can be.... "

 

 

Name

Amanda Swenson

Major

Politics, French and Near Eastern Studies

College

Princeton University

Career Goal

International Law

Favorite Service Activity

Debate Coach

Parents’ Employment

Mom – Engineer
Dad – Engineer

Recommender’s Comments

"Amanda…works regularly in the Trenton schools to prepare students for debating contests. She has also had a number of leadership positions. For example, she led the Outdoor Action program, a type of Outward Bound program for incoming freshmen, and she has also led the Princeton-Trenton Debate Partnership program….I have every reason to believe that Amanda will remain a stellar student for the rest of her undergraduate career while simultaneously pursuing an active program of public service."

Essay Excerpt

"I have learned through translation experiences abroad and at college that NGOs around the world struggle to get funding and to spread their message because of language barriers. Further, the government needs people with strong lingual skills because of a deficiency of bilingualism in the US in comparison with Europe, and especially in comparison with developing countries. While it’s useful to share English as an international lingua franca, it seems unreasonable for Americans to leave the burden of translation to other countries; given that, I hope that one day the lingual skills I have been honing through classes, study abroad and practicing translation will prove helpful to my country’s relations and image abroad."

 

 

Name

Ashley Wiseman

Major

International Relations

College

University of Michigan

Career Goal

Immigration/Refugee Assistance

Favorite Service Activity

Amnesty International

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Loan Officer
Dad - Insurance Agent

Recommender’s Comments

"Already an excellent and very mature student at that time, I have seen Ashley cultivate her academic skills and refine her leadership qualities as she took on projects that have helped enrich Grand Valley and the community at large...Ashley was recognized with an I Am Grand Valley Award, the GVSU Peace and Justice Scholarship Award, entry into Phi Kappa Phi, and the Niemeyer Upper Class Honors Scholarship...Ashley is also currently the President of Of Grand Valley Amnesty International....In the past year the membership of Amnesty International at GVSU has more than doubled, and Ashley is at the helm for recruiting more members and seeing the chapter growing even further."

Essay Excerpt

"Diagnosed with a rare neurological disease as a baby, I slowly progressed from walking to using a wheelchair full time. This journey was long and frustrating, but my involvement with Amnesty International has helped me grow from these experiences. Not only has it been a conduit through which I can express my goals for humanity and work toward a more peaceful world. It has also allowed me to see that helping others empowers me to be a part of a beautiful cycle. Instead of simply accepting assistance I can offer it as well. AI has taught me to cherish my life and to pass on to others the kindnesses I have been shown."

 

 

Name

Brian Wood

Major

Civil Engineering

College

University of Illinois

Career Goal

Civil Contractor/Construction

Favorite Service Activity

Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Physician at V.A. Hospital
Dad - Engineer/Consultant

Recommender’s Comments

"Brian is a student I have known for four years, and who continues to surprise me with his drive and passion for knowledge. Brian thrives on solving problems, and many times will seek them out, just to solve them...Earlier this year, as part of Principles of Engineering, I gave the students a single day to come up with a design for a floating vessel that would carry as much weight as possible, given the material constraints. Brian worked hard, and created a great ship, which held almost seven pounds of weight from a single manila folder. After his run was completed and his grade assigned, he made modifications to the ship, and tried it again. This type of drive has been expressed in every project this year. During a project where the students designed a glider, he could be seen after his trial, running the project again and again to improve the results, merely based on intrinsic motivation."

Essay Excerpt

"When I was thirteen, I trekked through miles of mountainous terrain, wearing a pack that nearly outweighed me. It was rough, but I earned every ounce of joy (and pain) that I received on that trip. I carried all of my food on my back, I had to set up my shelter every night, and I had to learn to deal with challenges for myself. For the first time in my life, I had to work hard just to stay alive....That experience strengthened my loose resolve and taught me what it means to live for the right reasons."

 

 

Name

Takashi Yanagi

Major

Business Finance

College

University of Notre Dame

Career Goal

Financial Planner/Entrepreneur

Favorite Service Activity

Financing food distribution

Parents’ Employment

Mom - Software Engineer, deceased

Recommender’s Comments

"Giving without expecting anything in return is an accurate description of Takashi. He spends many hours giving freely of his time for community service. Each day of the week finds him giving time to a different organization. These include the hospital, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Salvation Army, and the Goodwill….Takashi is the president and founder of our Free Rice Society….Takashi is one of those students who will seek to make the world a better place. He will challenge himself at every turn. His bright wit makes him personable and his academic integrity is beyond reproach."

Essay Excerpt

"I was inspired to create the Free Rice Society as an academic and a service project, and it has become my greatest achievement. As the founder and president of the group, I pride myself in taking simple yet impactful actions against third world hunger….Because I took the initiative, I was able to spread my concern for the people suffering globally to a much wider audience."