By Abigail Peklo
As high school seniors prepare for their next phase of life, Carmel High School graduate Jessica Greven’s path to college became a bit easier when she received the Hamilton County Youth Service Award.
The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a senior who has “chosen to lead a drug-free lifestyle and contribute their time to help make positive changes in the lives of others,” according to Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs Executive Director Monica Greer.
“My greatest accomplishment throughout high school has been my ability to influence youth younger than myself,” Greven stated in a press release. “With each service opportunity I took part in, I did so driven by the passion in my heart because I wanted to improve the lives of those who were less fortunate than I.”
A varsity soccer letterwinner, Greven has used the sport as an avenue of service. She has been involved in the Making Good Decisions campaign alongside the Carmel boys varsity team and has been a leader for a soccer camp at a domestic violence center in Indianapolis.
She also makes blankets for the local homeless population and tutors students for free. She also teaches English to Cambodian students.
Greven is a member of the National Honor Society, student government and Key Club.
The scholarship will help Greven as she heads to Washington University in St. Louis this fall, where she will play on the women’s soccer team.
Six runners-up for the scholarship will receive $300.