WOOLWICH TWP. — The law firm of Hoffman DiMuzio has allocated close to half a million dollars to its Gift of the Heart Community Scholarship Foundation. Each of the 21 high schools in Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem County has selected two students to receive a $1,000 scholarship for embodying the service ideals of the program.
The scholarship recipients from Kingsway Regional High School are Lauren Krott and Ryan Timothy Hughes.
Lauren has the privilege of volunteering for TOPSports, an organization to assist children with special needs to develop motor and social skills through sports and fun. In her role as a buddy, she is paired one on one with a child.
During a recent season, she was matched with a young girl with Down’s syndrome. During their time together, Lauren developed a powerful bond with the child. Beyond improving the baseball skills of the organization’s participants, she finds most rewarding the experience of serving as a friend.
Through her volunteering, Lauren has learned the need for patience, empathy and commitment.
Ryan’s high school years have offered him exceptional service experiences. One in particular stands out to him.
As the Key Club’s liaison for the Foster Karing Kits project, Ryan took the lead and gathered donations from families, students and local businesses. The group donated 30 care packages to teenagers living in foster homes.
Ryan serves as a mentor for younger students in the school’s marching band and baseball teams and led them in clean community projects. As president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, he has made it a priority to involve the group in community-oriented projects, such as caroling at nursing homes.
Volunteering has taught Ryan the importance of team work, thinking outside of the box and considering the perspectives of others, traits which he plans to use in his future career as an attorney.