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Ethan Joner Memorial Scholarship

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1 winner$2,700
Application Deadline
May 1, 2024
Winners Announced
May 24, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school student
School Name:
Academy Park High School (PA)
Community involvement (mentor, coach, leader, etc.)

This scholarship has been created to honor and recognize the memory of Ethan Joner and the lasting impact he made on his community. It aims to keep Ethan's memory alive by recognizing one individual who exemplifies the same passion, kindness, generosity, and impact in the local community.

This scholarship is available to any student at Academy Park High School in Pennsylvania who actively demonstrates willingness to make a positive impact in their community and dedication to helping others.

To apply for this scholarship, tell us in your own way how you have made an impact in your community. Get creative! It can be an essay, video, etc., to showcase who you are and you involvement.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published January 30, 2024
Essay Topic

Tell us about a time you went above and beyond in you school or community. How has Ethan's story influenced your drive to help others, and how you will continue to make an impact?

0–600 words

Winning Application

aicha coulibaly
Academy Park High SchoolFOLCROFT, PA
Residing in an economically-strained neighborhood, our district faces challenge after challenge. Stepping into my high school the first year after COVID, I took notice of the copious lack of necessities my peers had access to. Witnessing this, I perceived the opportunity to quietly assist my classmates and chose to posit a solution to my district school board, suggesting the opening of a free, anonymous, resource closet in the school with accessibility to all students. Starting bereft of stock, the resource closet grew immensely. After sharing this story to Fox News, boxes and bags of clothing, feminine hygiene products, general hygiene products, as well as shoes, and laundry products poured into our inventory. Little by little, more and more students began to utilize the closet which would become known as the Knight’s Chamber. Eventually, students from other schools would come to make use of the Knight’s Chamber. Consequently, this experience has significantly altered my outlook when it comes to being the one to step up and create change for the better as opposed to continuing to be the bystander I once was. This chapter of my life led me to the conclusion that no matter how big or small something may seem, with the right resources (pun intended) nothing is impossible. Ever since this once small project was initiated, I’ve found ceaseless exultation in contributing to my compeers' glee in, and out, of my community from volunteering to coach another borough’s cheerleading team, to hosting a trash pickup in association with my local national wildlife refugee. This has additionally revelutionalized the way i view my horizons. I now set my standards higher than how i may have back in my freshman year. Each year, my confidence increases alongside my experience with this adventure. I push myself to endure greater things consisting of AP classes and increased difficulty in my assignments. My experiences are consistent with the age-old truth that obstacles always present chances for growth, resiliency, and the quest for self-improvement. Knowing Ethan and the selflessness he contributed to others, it has inspired me to carry on that legacy by working harder and staying dedicated to those in need. He’s influenced me to stay kind regardless of the situation because we don’t know what others are going through. Having him comfort me in times i haven’t expressed my pain shows me just how far kind company can go. I aspire to continue to work and reach the level of selflessness he distributed to the world.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 1, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 24, 2024.

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