Amber Dillenkoffer has won the Morris Bart Community Service Scholarship, worth $2,500 to dedicate to her upcoming studies. Applicants like Dillenkoffer were required to submit essays analyzing the meaning of “service” to be considered for this prestigious award.
Morris Bart makes its Community Service and Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarships available to creative students on a yearly basis. Dillenkoffer’s long history with localized service, combined with her ambitions for the future, made her a stand-out applicant among this year’s hopefuls.
Reaching Out to a Community in Need
Our scholarship essay’s topic asked applicants to elaborate on the idea of “service.” In response, Dillenkoffer said that her relationship with her church first inspired her drive to give back. A middle school mission trip inspired the efforts she now engages in as a freshman at Southeastern Louisiana University.
“I came back from that trip eager to do more for my community, and I do my best to help those around me as much as I can,” she says. “I find it very natural and easy to share what service means to me and why I think it is so important.”
Dillenkoffer goes on to say that while her views on service haven’t changed, her opportunities to give back have. In high school, she was a member of organizations like Interact and BETA. Her Destrehan church has encouraged her philanthropic efforts, as well. Now in college, she participates in Campus Outreach, which marries her faith and service goals.
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Looking to Loved Ones for Inspiration
Community service efforts don’t flourish alone. When she talks about the forces that most influenced her compassionate drive, Dillenkoffer speaks fondly of her aunt. “She is one of the most caring and selfless people I have ever encountered,” says Dillenkoffer. “I have been so blessed to have had such a wonderful role model like her in my life.”
According to Dillenkoffer, her aunt helped shape her dedication to her community. Dillenkoffer’s aunt founded Feed NOLA in 2015, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people suffering from homelessness throughout New Orleans. Dillenkoffer speaks fondly of creating meals and care packages for in-need communities once a month.
She also cites her aunt as the force that drove her to start her own toy drive through her local church. According to the Herald Guide, Dillenkoffer has run this drive for over eight years. As of 2021, the “Reason for the Season” toy drive collected nearly 1,400 toys for children in need. Dillenkoffer has since partnered with Toys for Tots to expand her outreach.
Taking Community Service into the Future
Dillenkoffer has ambitious plans for her community service in the future. She intends to continue helming her toy drive throughout the winter holidays. She also intends to pursue a career as a Clinical Social Worker or Community Outreach Worker.
Dillenkoffer also intends to give back to the organizations that helped her grow her community spirit. She plans on engaging with youth groups in her area as a leader and chaperoning future mission trips.
By facilitating future community service opportunities, Dillenkoffer not only expands her own understanding of outreach but shares compassionate opportunities with those who look up to her. It’s this cycle of giving back that Morris Bart is excited to facilitate in its scholarship recipients.
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“Being chosen as the recipient of this scholarship means a great deal to me,” says Dillenkoffer. As a student at Southeastern Louisiana University, Dillenkoffer intends to use these funds to continue pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She says Morris Bart’s support may also give her the boost she needs to continue her education into graduate school.
Dillenkoffer isn’t the first student to benefit from Morris Bart’s Community Service Scholarship. Previous winners include Na’Lani Zeno and Brooke Butler. Zeno and Butler both received $2,500 in 2020, which they used to pursue further education at Centenary College of Louisiana and Stockton University, respectively.
Morris Bart looks forward to offering its support via this and its Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship to students pursuing higher education next year.
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Learn More About the 2023 Morris Bart Community Service Scholarship
Morris Bart offers community-oriented students the opportunity to win $2,500 to further their education. Dillenkoffer is the latest in a line of talented students to benefit from this scholarship. Now, interested students can begin preparing their essays and other documentation for the 2023 application period.
For more information about Morris Bart’s Community Service scholarship – or any other scholarships that the firm makes available – you can visit the firm’s scholarship homepages. The firm cannot accept calls, emails, or other questions about its scholarships. Instead, firm representatives will reach out to applicants if we need more information about your efforts.
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