When high school senior Zach Karpovich asked his college counselor to write him a letter of recommendation for the
Now, Karpovich will join 149 socially conscious, service-minded leaders and innovators in Atlanta this week as recipients of the $20,000 scholarship.
Furthermore, among the 2018 scholars, all with impressive track records of leadership and community activism, two students – Zach Karpovich and Lal Lawmi – stood out as most embodying the qualities of the scholarship program. For this, they will be recognized at the 2018
Lal Lawmi: 2018 Crawford Johnson III Most Inspirational Scholar
Pediatrics is close to Lawmi’s heart, as she lost two of her brothers to malaria in their rural home in India, where they lived as refugees after fleeing their native-home of Burma to escape political persecution. In 2009, her father also passed away, solidifying Lawmi’s commitment to study healthcare.
As a high school student, Lawmi built her English language skills through her involvement in clubs and organizations. She quickly became a leader among her peers, particularly in her choir, where other students faced language and cultural barriers. Lawmi began providing tutoring, increasing attendance at practices and expanding membership. She also sought to increase the number of diverse young women in leadership roles in her community. As a result she helped found Diamond and Pearls, a group that empowers women not only to have big dreams but to pursue them.
For these efforts, The
Though he has since passed away, Johnson’s family will attend the
Walker Johnson Jones, Crawford Johnson III’s daughter, reflects, “Our family could not be more touched than by having
Zach Karpovich: 2018 Claude Nielsen Most Impactful Community Service Scholar
To cope with their food insecurity, they began the Bread of Life Food Rescue & Pantry out of their basement, which now feeds 10,000 people weekly in Westchester County and has brought a greater awareness to hunger issues to his local community.
In an effort to support the food pantry, Karpovich began a business selling consignment clothing online. Selling clothing that would have otherwise been discarded, Karpovich created a funding stream for the food pantry, while donating unsold clothes to charity.
Karpovich’s work minimizing food and clothing waste inspired his passion for the environment, leading him to found Rye High School’s environmental and hunger outreach clubs. Upon graduation, he plans to attend Yale University where he wants to learn the skills necessary to make a career in renewable energy. While at Yale, he also hopes to tackle food insecurity issues in the local community.
For this work, Karpovich will be named the inaugural 2018 Claude Nielsen Most Impactful Community Service Scholar. Claude Nielsen, Chairman of
He reflects, “Each year, I am amazed and inspired by the service, leadership and achievements of those selected to be
Joining a Network
Lawmi and Karpovich will join the ranks of more than 6,000
When Crawford T. Johnson III announced the creation of the
Current President of the
Reflecting on Lawmi, Karpovich and 30 years of
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