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Will To Live’s, Life Teammates® Scholarship – An Award For The Kids and By the Kids
Over the past few weeks I had so much fun spending over $20,000! It was this year’s Life Teammates Scholarship check run! This year, the Will To Live Foundation awarded scholarships to 21 students who were voted on not by their school, not by their teachers, not by their coaches, not by an advisory board of adults, but by their friends – their teammates – their Life Teammates®. We can think of no better honor than being recognized by your peers, and that’s how the Life Teammate Scholarship began some seven years ago in the early days of the Will To Live Foundation.
Our goal with the Life Teammates Scholarship, from the start, was to have a positive impact on as many kids as possible. The scholarship itself is small (a one-time $1,000 award put towards the winner’s freshman year tuition), but the reach is large. Each winner is not only voted on by his or her teammates, bandmates, choirmates, or group mates, but by the entire program from freshman through seniors. We estimate this year that over 500 students voted for a Life Teammate award. This means that over 500 kids had to think about what it means to be a true life teammate on and off the field and in and out of the classroom. They had to think about who best represented love, and hope and kindness not only to their own teammates but to the younger kids in the program.
Every senior who voted this year, was voting for the fourth year in a row. Our goal is to create a family of Life Teammates in every program, and by the time these seniors graduate (and then become lowly freshman again), they may understand the power of loving your friends – The power of delivering hope to your friends – The power of creating truly positive relationships! You want to increase your Will to Live, deliver hope to your friends!
See the winners of this year’s awards – we are very proud of them, and we love the fact that they will be ambassadors of our message wherever they go!
Congrats Gang! Love Ya Man!
John & Susie Trautwein & the Will To Live Foundation!
MEET THE 2016/2017 WINNERS OF THE LIFE TEAMMATES SCHOLARSHIPS!
Sending love – and hope – and the Will to Live,
August 6th, 2017