Hannah Warburton Resilience Award

Celebrating Resilience


Every year at high school graduations across the country, students receive awards for their outstanding efforts. Why aren’t the kids who struggle acknowledged? There are kids who face overwhelming odds and exhibit tremendous resilience to simply graduate. Where are their awards?

Introducing Live Hannah’s Hope Hannah Warburton Resilience Award – an award to acknowledge those who may not graduate at the top of their class but who overcome tremendous hurdles to graduate.

The Hannah Warburton Resilience Award is a $250.00 award established for Utah high school seniors who have shown resilience in overcoming difficult obstacles to completing their high school education. Ten Utah seniors will be awarded at the end of each school year. This is not a scholarship, but rather a cash award to offset any costs associated with the recipient’s efforts to attain higher education, including tuition, books, supplies, transportation costs, or simply to take a well-deserved summer vacation. In the process of applying for this award, students will share their story. Their stories will go on to help kids of all ages overcome struggles in their own lives. Winners will be highlighted in their schools, social media, and through local news outlets.  It’s time to celebrate resilience.

To be eligible, students:

  • must be a Utah high school senior in good standing to graduate at the end of the current spring semester. Homeschool, traditional, private, and charter school students are eligible. At this time only Utah Students are eligible.
  • have been significantly impacted by a difficult obstacle to completing their high school education. Eligible obstacles include, but are not limited to, serious illness or injury including, post-concussive syndrome, mental illness, eating disorders, physical or mental disabilities, homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse, extreme bullying, neglect, or extreme poverty.
  • on the Story Submission form below, students must submit their stories before April 20th. Stories must be 750 words or less. They must outline the hurdles they’ve overcome, identify the resilience skills and tools they developed, and words of encouragement to students who follow.
  • on the Adult Reference Letter form below, one adult reference is required telling us why the applicant deserves this award.
  • when submitting a story, the applicant agrees to have their story published on Live Hannah’s Hope website, in social media, and any other place we may choose to publish it.
  • download and mail the Release Form to Live Hannah’s Hope, 7328 East 1450 North, Huntsville, Utah 84317

Step One – Fill out each application form below separately. All fields are required.

Step Two – Print and mail the Release Form to Live Hannah’s Hope.

Step Three – Have your adult reference fill out the referral form, print and mail it to Live Hannah’s Hope.



Student Application Form


Release Form

LHH Lability-Release Resilience Award 2


Adult Reference Form



The stories you’re about to read are real. The struggles are real. The means used to overcome are diverse but at the core of every victory is resilience.


~ is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress

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