The Loudoun Volunteer Services board has awarded scholarships of at least $500 to graduating high school seniors based on volunteer service. The group offers at least two scholarships to students at each public high school, two scholarships to private school students and two to home-schooled students. There was only one application from a private school student this year and none from Park View or Dominion high schools, the C.S. Monroe Technology Center or home-schooled students.
The scholarships went to:
Broad Run High School, Tracy Heitfield; Heritage High School, Brianna Clark and Karen Milnes; Loudoun County High School, Hannah Duffy, Lauren Hovis and Lindsay Samuel; Loudoun Valley High School, Rebecca Doane, Alyssa Fellow, Kyria Henry, Joshua Lee and Tyler Skinner; Potomac View High School, Samantha Serone and Victoria Whitlow; Stone Bridge High School, Amanda Jenkins and Jennifer Wheaton; and Foxcroft School, Jessica Walker.
For the first time, Loudoun Volunteer Services awarded a separate scholarship to a Loudoun County student who demonstrated exceptional community service. The $4,000 scholarship was awarded to Walker, the youth chairman of the Loudoun County Advisory Commission on Youth.
Taylor Carroll, 10, a fourth-grader at Tolbert Elementary School in Leesburg, is one of 360 fourth- and fifth-graders selected to participate in the National Young Scholars Program in July at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. Students in the 13-day program study a specific area such as the natural sciences, music, literature, forensics, physics or Greek mythology.
Eighty-five Senior Girl Scouts from Virginia received the Girl Scout Gold Award on May 15. The Gold Award is the highest award achievable in Girl Scouting and is earned by only 3 percent of Girl Scouts annually. The process usually takes two years and requires Scouts to plan and implement projects that comprise at least 50 hours of work.
Local winners are:
Sarah Black, 16, Leesburg, who organized volunteers to plant elm trees across the county.
Hannah Duffy, 16, Leesburg, who organized an after-school tutoring program at a local low-income apartment complex.
Katherine Flickinger, 17, Sterling, who organized volunteers to create a mural at an elementary school.
Sarah Griffin, 14, Marshall, who renovated and redecorated a room in a church to become the permanent home for the church's youth group.
Tracy Heitfield, 17, Sterling, who organized volunteers to plant trees and flowers at an elementary school.
Robin Larkin, 18, Bealeton, who led sign-language workshops at local Boys and Girls clubs.
Heather Anne Tydings, 19, Ashburn, who taught younger girls how to make bat houses at a day camp.
Loudoun Volunteer Services has selected Connor Forman, a freshman at Stone Bridge High School, as student volunteer of the month. Forman volunteered as the assistant coach with the F5 girls soccer team in the Loudoun Youth Soccer Association coached by his father, David Forman. David Forman took on the team when he found out the girls would not be able to play if they didn't have a coach.
Eithu Lwin, a senior at Potomac Falls High School, has received a Gates Millennium Scholarship worth $16,403. Lwin, who came to the United States from Burma as a 10-year-old fifth-grader, will graduate with a grade point average well above 4.0. She plans to attend the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
The scholarship program was established in 1999 through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Pacific Americans.
Terry S. Corle Sr. of Leesburg, an agent for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. has earned the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow professional designation from the American College and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers (NAIFA). Candidates must complete a course curriculum and an ethics course and be a member of NAIFA.
-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD