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. Utah seniors will be awarded at the end of each school year.
Share YOUR story in detail! The entire purpose of you sharing your story is to help other students understand they are not alone, that others have difficult circumstances, and how they might get through their own difficulties and go on to live an empowered life. To increase your ability to win, include as much detail about your life, your difficult circumstances and what resilience tools you use to thrive.
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.
Tell your story as if you are trying to help someone younger than you who doesn’t see any way to make it in this life.
To increase your chances of winning, include as much detail as possible.
Tell them your story! Show them how to thrive!
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 acknowledge these amazing 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 a detailed essay about their experiences.
In order to increase your likelihood of being an award recipient include as much detail as possible about your challenges and the tools you learned to thrive.
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.
The number of students awarded is dependent on donations received.
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!
2018, Brooklyn Gittens, HWRA, Riverton HS, Awardee
My parents took me out of high school and put me in a treatment center for eating disorders.
2018, Jeff Gurney, HWRA, Rockwell HS, Awardee
I was born to a drug addicted teenage girl on the streets of Haiti.
2018, Aracely Barrera, HWRA, West HS,
She was always wanting to take everything out on me like I was her punching bag.
Sydney White, W Jordan HS, 2018 Awardee
When I was six years old, I was diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder and spent the summer at a residential treatment center.
Melanie Merrill, Mountain View HS, 2018 Awardee
When I was younger, I woke up with intense, awful pain in my knee and lower leg.
Shawnee Jones, Dixie HS, 2018 Awardee
My general perspective on life also changed. Before this experience, I was judgmental about any situation I felt wasn’t “normal” or “right”.
2018, Chase Callister, HWRA, Bountiful HS, Awardee
When I was a kid I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.