Hannah Warburton Resilience Award
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 the 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 $500.00 cash award established for Utah high school seniors who have shown resilience in overcoming difficult obstacles to completing their high school education. Fifteen 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 of resilience. Their stories will go on to help kids of all ages overcome struggles in their own lives. Awardees will be highlighted in their schools, social media, and local news outlets where possible. Whenever possible we present this award to the student at their H.S. award assembly. It’s a great way to break the stigma that prevents kids from speaking out when they are in pain. Let’s 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 March 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. Due by March 20th.
- 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. Or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due by March 20th.
- A COMPLETE APPLICATION IS CONSIDERED ALL THREE COMPLETED FORMS AND MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT MARCH 20TH. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Step One – Fill out each application form below separately. All fields are required. Make sure your address, phone number, and email address are accurate and fully accessible. Some schools will not allow outside emails. If we can’t contact you, you will be disqualified.
Step Two – Print and mail the Release Form to Live Hannah’s Hope. Or scan and email to email@example.com. The form must be signed by someone 18 years or older who is a legal guardian of the applicant. Or if the applicant is 18, they can sign for themselves.
Step Three – Have your Adult Reference fill out the referral form.
ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE VIA THIS SITE ON THE FORMS PROVIDED – NO LINKS TO DOCUMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Student Application Form
Release FormLHH 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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