Helene Cody Scholars
Each year, a group of high school students is selected to receive mentoring and funding for a community service project that they design and carry out over the academic year. Upon completion of the program, they are named Helene Cody Scholars and are eligible for a $1000 college scholarship their senior year.
2020 application deadline: Friday, June 19th
Students who will be sophomores, juniors, and seniors at any Princeton-area high school in the year they intend to complete the project are eligible to apply. We’re looking for good people who want to make a difference. Selection criteria include leadership skills, integrity, and passion for helping the community. Each project should be completed independently (no partnerships) but students may recruit help from others to carry out their project. Students will qualify for community service hours if they lead or assist in a project.
Each student will be matched with a mentor associated with the Helene Cody Foundation. The mentor will work with the student to design a project, recruit volunteers, and execute the community service project. There will be monthly leadership development sessions (1-2 hours) where students will meet with community leaders to learn leadership and communication skills. At the end of the year, students will prepare a poster to present at a community networking event.
- Demonstrate good character and integrity as a representative of the Helene Cody Foundation
- Attend at least 8 of the 10 leadership development meetings held on Sunday afternoons at the Princeton Public Library. Please note that these will be zoom sessions while we are social distancing in 2020.
- Spend at least 40 hours designing and executing your community service project
- Make a poster outlining your project and its impact and present it at the end-of-year poster presentation
- Volunteer at the Helene Cody Cranbury 5K ("virtual race" held on Saturday, September 12th, 2020) or complete 8 hours of administrative tasks for the Helene Cody Foundation
About the Helene Cody Foundation
The Helene Cody Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring youth to volunteer in order to better their communities and themselves. It was founded in memory of Princeton High School student and Cranbury resident, Helene Cody (1992-2008), who spent much of her short life volunteering and helping those in need.