2017 scholarship recipient Victoria Williams

2017 Lee Walton Memorial Scholarship Winner

2017 scholarship recipient Victoria WilliamsWalton Insurance Group congratulates the 2017 Lee Walton Memorial Scholarship recipient Victoria Williams.

Victoria is a recent graduate of at Jackson High School with a fall enrollment at Eastern Michigan University. She has an impressive list of volunteerism, community involvement, school activities, and a strong academic record. Learn more about Victoria and her impact on our community by reading her 2017 Scholarship Essay below.

The Lee Walton Memorial Scholarship Program was established by Walton Insurance Group’s Executive Committee to honor Lee E. Walton, founder of the Walton Agency.  Lee began writing policies in 1951 serving the community of Jackson.  He was a respected mentor to many of his peers and associates, and a strong supporter of community involvement.  To strengthen our ongoing tradition of active community service and participation, the scholarship fund was created to recognize and reward students who are passionate about continuing education and positively impacting the community.

The scholarship application process begins in the early spring; by nomination, formal application, essay submission, and blind voting by the Executive Committee. For additional information and application, please visit the nomination page.

I Impact the Community by Helping Others through Volunteering

Scholarship Essay by Victoria T. Willimas, 5/22/2017

Lifelong volunteering is my personal instrument to impacting our community. Beginning at the age of nine, I volunteered with Together We Can Make a Difference for over four of my summer vacations. It is a Christian nonprofit that helps children learn about Jesus through their Kid’s Explosion program. In this program, we sang songs, played games, and showed how Bible stories can relate to their everyday lives. Additionally, we also picked vegetables in the community garden for people in poverty.

Over the years, I have broadened my community involvement. As a sophomore, Aware, a local domestic violence and sexual assault shelter, sponsored Teen Club at my school. As President of Teen Cub, I helped organize a school dance to raise awareness for dating violence and sexual assault. Additionally, I promoted a Christmas Toy Drive for AWARE shelter children during my junior and senior years at my school. This fall to assist with food donations for the less fortunate, I participated in Jackson High School’s Thanksgiving Giving event. In conjunction with asking my family and friends for non-perishable food contributions, I pursued more assistance by going door to door around my neighborhood collecting donations. I accumulated slightly over 200 contributions. Subsequently, I also helped Thanksgiving Giving by participating in senior action. Senior Auction is an auction where seniors perform a talent and people bid on them to raise money. I performed a dance with four friends and we raised $200 to go towards the Salvation Army provisions.

During my junior and into my senior school year, I volunteered with my fellow Key Club members. We went to McCulloch Elementary school and tutored the kindergartners. Our assistance from last year had a vast impact. The students not only grasped the concepts by the end of the year but excelled. The pupils chosen for the tutoring program required the most help with their studies. We taught them how to spell their names and played games that assisted them in learning the alphabet, numbers, colors and phonics. I was delighted to see when they understood new concepts. I gained great satisfaction in helping children learn their academics.

I was afforded with more occasions to assist my community as a member of the National Honors Society and Girl Scouts. For Halloween, the National Honors Society hosted Haunted Hallways at Jackson High. This is a free event for children inside of Jackson High’s hallways. NHS members wore costumes and passed out candy to community children. Additionally, I made the posters for Haunted Hallways. I began girl scouting in the first grade. Last winter I helped my troop leader and fellow girl scouts build four park benches for the Meridian Baseline State Park. Subsequently, we built the benches, dug the holes for the benches, and cemented them in the ground. Throughout my years of scouting we have done numerous charitable activities including donating care packages and cards to active soldiers. I enjoy volunteering because it gives me the opportunity to make a difference and improve the community.

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