2018 B kind SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT

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Alexis Dupree - St. Luke's School - New Canaan, CT

Alexis has a strong work ethic and dedication to her studies at St. Luke’s, where she entered as a fifth grader from the Waterside School. She has a gift for understanding difficult situations and giving those around her the support that they need.  She moves her peers to a better and more productive way of thinking by always reinforcing the good that she sees in them while challenging them to do and be even better.  These are the qualities that make her an ideal candidate for the “kindness” award. 

Alexis is a strong social justice advocate, who plans to study social work as an undergraduate. When she is not pursuing her academic and career goals, Alexis contributes time to the athletic program at St. Luke's as a manager, volunteers at her alma mater and is a member of the Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC). She is also a gifted singer who has performed in a selective acapella group. 

2018 B Kind SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT

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Tes DeJaeger - Brien McMahon High School - Norwalk, CT

Tes has worked tirelessly over the last year to form the Brien McMahon BKind chapter. Her inclusive nature and happy disposition have helped to make BKind one of the largest clubs in the school. She consistently worked to find ways to keep the club active while meeting each of the four elements of kindness. Apart from BKind, Tes spent her senior year as the captain of the Varsity Girls Volleyball and Girls Tennis teams. Tes always looks for ways to spread kindness. This school year she organized a club event at a local elementary school to make cards for troops overseas and organized a club caroling event at a local convalescent home. Her club advisor, Shannon, feels lucky to have had the opportunity to watch her succeed through the use of her friendly disposition coupled with her sheer determination to make the world a better place. In the fall she will be attending Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland and plans to major in Engineering. 

2018 B Kind FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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Erin Mahoney - Sewickley Academy - Sewickley, PA

Congratulations to our B Kind 2018 scholarship recipient from Sewickley Academy, Erin Mahoney. Erin is a rising junior. She is the essence of thoughtfulness, kindness and empathy. She consistently manages to show up and support her peers and the younger students at the academy and students in need beyond the campus. She has exceeded expectations for volunteer hours with more than 200 and yet she never files for acts of kindness. Erin embodies academic excellence and is often seen helping her classmates with chemistry problems, peer-reviewing other students' essays, and volunteering in the school's Theatre Department. She also helps out with ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language) classes at a local church and assists the local Latino Community Center by organizing clothing donations over the summer. When she's not busy with volunteering and school work, Erin enjoys reading books about American history, playing card games with her friends, and acting in her role as the Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper, the 7th Pillar. 

2017 - B kind FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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ISHIKA SAXENA - SEWICKLEY ACADEMY - PITTSBURGH, PA

Ishika is a “thoughtful, organized, and inclusive leader who has proven to be an invaluable member and leader in B kind this Year”.  She is described as a ‘humble and kind’ person, who does not seek rewards or recognition for her work at Sewickley Academy. Ishika stands out above her peers, as she clearly demonstrates a genuine commitment to the B kind club and is not involved simply to have another activity for her college application. She sincerely believes in “the power of any act of kindness, small or big, to have a large ripple effect that can shape an entire community.”  She is currently the 2017 B kind club Vice President and is described a s an “intelligent, creative leader… who pushes those around her to think outside of the box”.  Although in her first year at Sewickley Academy, Ishika, through her work with B kind has already “made a visible difference in the school community."

2017 - B kind FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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DEVIN GRITTEN - NORWALK GRASSROOTS TENNIS & EDUCATION - NORWALK, CT

Devin has been described as “an exceptional young man …with outstanding kindness, empathy and leadership.  He is an invaluable example to our younger children, always exhibiting kindness and patience”. Devin credits kindness as one of the key assets that he has used as Captain of Brass for his highschool band, and this senior year he lead the band to the national Finals. Devin is also a Varsity player for the Norwalk High School tennis team.

Devin’s tennis coach describes him best as “a young man whose presence always inspires other because he always looks for the good in people and gives of himself with great generosity.”  Further, Devin’s band director describes him as “a superior young man with strong intellectual capability, moral values and musical skills."

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GEORGE KINGSTON - HOTCHKISS SCHOOL - LAKEVILLE, CT

George Kingston has been described as “one of the kindest people I have ever met”.  His friends describe him as inclusive, caring, charismatic, friendly, positive and tenacious. George’s achievements also extend to being Junior Class President, and numerous academic awards including graduating Cum Laude. However, George is most proud of his school community involvement including being a board member of the Special Olympic Club, head tour guide, directing and acting in school plays and being involved in school sports such as basketball.

2017 - B kind FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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HUNTER LIBMAN - ST. LUKE'S SCHOOL: NEW CANAAN, CT

Hunter Libman was chosen as the St Luke’s B kind scholarship winner because of his “cheerful disposition and ability to make people smile”.  Hunter is described as someone who is known for his inclusive nature, that is, as someone who “engages easily and openly to students across grade levels and he wants to make sure students feel welcomed and cared for”.  Hunter is an active member of the St Luke’s community.  As such, he is a member of a capella group, captain of the lacrosse team, member of the soccer team and active member of Autism Speaks. Hunter’s teachers have described him as “empathetic, genuine and generous."