Top 2018 WoodmenLife Scholarship Recipient Inspires Through the Arts

May 24, 20185/24/2018


It’s very rare in life to find someone who is not afraid to rise to the occasion, without hesitation. It’s even more rare to find that individual at such a young age. Sarah F., the recipient of the $25,000 WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship®1, did just that as she helped save the arts program at her local elementary school. Each year, hundreds of students submit their applications showcasing their academic achievements. While academic excellence is important, what really helps applicants stand out is their commitment to their community and country.

Scholarship Recipient Instills Confidence in Children

Sarah, the high school senior from Fair Oaks, California, loved the arts program growing up in her community. For this reason, Sarah immediately stepped up when she heard her old elementary school had no director for their upcoming play. As director, she especially enjoys the opportunity to help the children build confidence and become more enthusiastic about their education. Instead of attempting to teach confidence, Sarah helps the children foster confidence through positive engagement and mentorship.

“Transforming children in my community from timid students to Broadway stars…my version of volunteerism,” Sarah says. “I created an environment where students, parents and staff rallied together to create unity on campus.”

Service Abroad Provides Eye-Opening Experience

Sarah has always had a sense of pride for her country as both of her parents grew up in military families. However, it wasn’t until a service trip to Cuba that ultimately opened her eyes to the freedoms she almost took for granted growing up. While in Cuba, she witnessed schools without essential supplies and homes without a roof or windows. After returning home, she refused to take any of the basic privileges that come with living in America for granted.

“I define patriotism by valuing the sense of security that my country guarantees,” Sarah says. “The unparalleled quality of life in the United States makes me proud to be an American.”

WoodmenLife Helps Make a Dream School Reality

The WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship program was established to assist well-deserving high school seniors in achieving their dream of attending college. Sarah, a Del Campo High School graduate currently works as the Director of Advancement at Kids Helping Kids (KHK) in Sacramento, California. In her position, she works to raise thousands of dollars in corporate donations for the nonprofit.  She plans to use her business skills mixed with her passion to serve as she pursues a degree in political science at the University of California: Los Angeles (UCLA) in the fall.

“Receiving this scholarship is an absolute honor, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off my college experience,” Sarah says. “This will make it so much easier on my family throughout my first year at UCLA, as this process is entirely new to us. I would like to thank WoodmenLife for helping me continue my education at my dream university.”

The scholarship program is part of the organization’s member benefits2. The program awards up to $1 million annually to members furthering their education in a two-year or four-year college, university or technical school. This year, WoodmenLife will award 989 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000.

Learn more about the $20,000 and $10,000 scholarship recipients

Amy E.

The $20,000 scholarship recipient, is a 2018 graduate of Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, NC. Amy was involved in National Honor Society, Dance and Varsity Cheerleading. She was also heavily involved in her community volunteering with the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and Mary’s Soup Kitchen. She will be attending Campbell University in the fall.

Luke F.

The $10,000 scholarship recipient, is a 2018 graduate of Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, TN. Luke was involved in Marching Band and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also stayed busy volunteering in his community as a middle school football coach and in his church. He will be attending East Tennessee State University in the fall.


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