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 $275.00 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 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 hope@livehannahshope.org. Due by March 20th.

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. Or scan and email to hope@livehannahshope.org. 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.



Student Application Form

First Name
Double check your email. If we can't email you, you can't receive the award.
Include details of HOW you cope. 750 words or less.


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


Current Year Applicants

Our Champions for the 2018 Awards

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Leaders and Helpers



Katelyn Sorensen, Weber HS, 2017 Awardee

When I was in elementary I had a bad experience that triggered anxiety. I worried about things that most people don't give a second thought to. I worried about silly things. My mind could never rest because of my worries. I tried medication but didn't continue because...

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Alexis Gardner, Bonneville HS, 2017 Awardee

I love shopping I've always loved shopping, what teenage girl doesn't? The only problem is, most girls know how much change to give when at the checkout counter. As for me this concept as always been a living hell. Since I was eight I don't know how to count money,...

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Megan Eldredge, Weber HS, 2017 Awardee

It can be said that my struggle was a not-so-silent one. On September 18th, 2013, I was involved in a rear-end car accident on my way home from lacrosse. I was on the varsity girls team and just beginning the season. I saw doctor after doctor, and couldn't make it...

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Allison Chapman, Weber HS, 2016 Awardee

I have always thought of myself as optimistic and a lover of life, but I have now learned that life is not always an easy journey. It all began in 8th and 9th year I was bullied and struggled once again with my health. Things suddenly took a turn for the worst that...

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Past Applicants

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