United Way: Compassionate teens serve their community


On behalf of a generous donor, three students are chosen annually for the LIVE UNITED Volunteer Scholarship Award, recognizing students who volunteer in their community and who are interested in advancing their education. This award comes with a $1,000 cash grant for each student, to be used for post-graduation education. Congratulations to our 2021 scholarship recipients!

Kyle Mitchell of Middlebury has been volunteering at Charter House Coalition’s community suppers for the past five years. A supervisor at Charter House noted that Kyle is exceptionally gifted at making others feel comfortable and always maintains a positive attitude. Kyle is attending Utica College where he plans to major in Social Work, with minors in political science, psychology, and philosophy of law.


Two years ago Harper Sinclair of Middlebury started a Middlebury Union High School chapter of Best Buddies, an international organization that focuses on fostering relationships between those with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her goal was to leave the community a little better than she found it. This fall, Harper will major in neuroscience at Dickinson College.


Anna Wagner of Bridport has served as co-president of the National Honor Society at MUHS, which has allowed her the opportunity to partake in several volunteer activities. Anna has organized a food drive for Charter House Coalition, conducted fundraisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and every week spends time with a classmate who has an intellectual and developmental disability. Anna will major in biological science at the University of Vermont.

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