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.

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Celebrating Resilience

Apply for the award by sharing an essay with your story of resilience about how you graduated (or will graduate) in the face of tremendous obstacles. You may not graduate at the top of your class, but deserve an award for the courage and strength it took to get where you are.

We want to recognize what you've overcome!

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. We want to award those kids!

How Does It Work?

What is the Award?

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 and write an essay about their experiences.

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.

We Share Your Story So It Will Help Others

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.

We Present The Award

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!

Elihu Ramirez

Northridge High School - 2019 Occasionally, while browsing the internet, on the public forums that I like to comb through, to find people like me, I’ll find a post with such a question as,” What is something that people take for granted in their everyday lives?” I see...

Christopher Desio

American Fork High School - 2019 In 2016 I lived in Louisiana. School had started and it felt nice to be back in school. A few days later it started raining and it wouldn't stop for 3 days. 90% of my city had been flooded. My school was trashed and so many of my...

Aubriesha Newbold, American Fork HS, 2018 Awardee

I sigh, and force my dead body to resurrect from the coffin I call ‘my bed’

Shantel Singleton, W Jordan HS, 2018 Awardee

You are not your family nor or you your families mistakes.

Laryssa Davies, Itineris E.C. H.S., 2018 Awardee

I was told frequently that I was hated for something as simple as not loading the dishwasher “right”.

Andrea Oliva, Dixie HS, 2018 Awardee

I hadn’t seen nor talked to B for months and suddenly I was being framed for bullying.

Hannah Johnson, Weber HS, 2018 Awardee

It felt like I was sitting there for hours on end shaking my head, begging God to take all of the pain away.

Kennedy Johnson, American Fork HS, 2018 Awardee

I was so engulfed with my own problems and hardships, that I had forgotten to look around and see all the other people struggling along with me.

Brooklyn Gittens, Riverton HS, 2018 Awardee

My parents took me out of high school and put me in a treatment center for eating disorders.

Jeff Gurney, Rockwell HS, 2018 Awardee

I was born to a drug addicted teenage girl on the streets of Haiti.

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