Touching stories of determination and integrity were submitted
to our Personal Achievement Scholarship from students nationwide!
$15,000 Grand Prize Winner
Twin Valley High School - Elverson, PA
Class of 2019
Annabella Orsini, a 2019 graduate of Twin Valley High School, is currently enrolled at Ursinus College. She plans to study Astrophysics.
Annabella was the caretaker for two family members with disabilities. Despite this challenging time at a crucial point in her high school career, she held a part time job, took AP classes, and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and has shown much resiliency.
$5,000 Second Place Winner
West Morris Central High School - Chester, NJ
Class of 2020
Zachary Rice is a senior at West Morris Central High School in Chester, NJ. Zachary was stricken with a rare and painful condition that caused him to miss most of his fifth grade year. While immobile and unable to access the hospital’s gaming facilities, he came up with the idea to raise money to buy gaming systems for all the children’s rooms in the hospital.
In April of 2013, he founded the Action for Distraction 5K. To date, his charity has raised over $150,000 for Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.