The winners of the first annual Monk’s Home Improvements Service Scholarship were awarded on May 20, 2014.
An award ceremony was held at the Monk’s headquarters in Morristown, NJ. The winners, their family members, and associates of Monk’s were all in attendance. The well-deserving winners were each awarded $2,000 college scholarships.
Each of the winners spoke briefly about their service work.
Cristine Jones, Warren native and 2014 graduate of Watchung Hills Regional High School, is one of the scholarship winners. She is a weekly volunteer at the Somerset Hills YMCA tutoring center where she helps younger children with their schoolwork. Cristine, who attended the awards ceremony with her parents explained, “They teach me as much as I teach them, which I think is a big part of volunteering.”
Erica Lindsey is the President of the Ridge HS chapter of Habitat for Humanity, as well as the President of the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity county chapter’s Youth Council. Another scholarship winner, Erica shared, “I’m going to Boston College…and they have a campus chapter of Habitat.” “One thing that I’d really like to do is…the Collegiate Challenge where you build a home in one week over Spring or Summer Break.” ”It would be cool to see it all come together.”
Tommy Anderson attended the ceremony along with his parents and grandmother. Tommy, a Madison native, and Madison HS graduate, is a volunteer for S.C.E.E.P. where he mentors underprivileged children. He explains, “A lot of these kids don’t really have anything…but they are happy.”
Meagan Davis from Chester, NJ, is also a scholarship winner. Meagan is a 2014 graduate of West Morris Mendham High School. Meagan has volunteered with TOPSoccer for the past 4 years. She works one-on-one with special needs children and helps run the practices. Additionally, Meagan is also involved in Relay for Life where she has been a team captain as well as a co-chair for the Luminaria Committee.
“People don’t choose to not give back, they fail to choose to give back”, said Ty Monk, founder of Monk’s Home Improvements. “In the coming years, you will need to make an active decision to give back, instead of becoming someone who used to give back. I hope that you will continue making the choice to serve, and to continue to lead and inspire others with your actions.”
Even though this was the first year of the scholarship, it was highly competitive. Applications were received from students across 16 different towns, attending 22 different high schools and universities.
If you are interested in applying for the Monks Home Improvements Service Scholarship next year, please send an email to [email protected] and we will send you an email when we begin accepting applications.