Grungo Colarulo Giving Back to the Community Scholarship Winners

At Grungo Colarulo our firm believes in the importance of both giving back to the community and leading by example. By combining these two important attributes our firm created the Giving Back to the Community Scholarship which seeks to award $1,000 to one student who has displayed personal leadership within the local community. For more on the selection criteria or information on how to apply visit our scholarship page.

2021 Winner: Stella Walborn

Biography:
Stella is 17 years old and lives near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She attends Jackson County Early College as a senior. She currently assists in coordinating art club events and even started her own club: The Bible Club. This past summer, she served as a Teen Leader in Conservation for the National Park. She enjoys diving into a good novel, hiking in the beautiful outdoors, and all forms of art, mainly sketching and pottery. Her dream is to become a physician to fight for every individual’s right to life. In the fall, she will start college at Western Carolina University and major in psychology. She enjoys helping out her local community by volunteering her time at a nearby food pantry and nonprofit thrift store in her free time. She said that it’s fulfilling to her to know that you can make a difference in someone’s life.

Reaction statement:
“I was utterly shocked to see that I had been chosen to win this scholarship. I feel blessed and honored to be the 2021 Giving Back To The Community Scholarship winner. I am grateful to Grungo Colarulo for selecting my essay and creating this competition as a way to give back to students. This award will help me continue my education to someday earn my M.D. as I strive to help others.”

2020 Winner: Jackie Means

2019 Winner: Eden Eskaros

2018 Winner: Eric Schubert

Biography –  I’m currently 17 years old, and have lived in Medford, NJ most of my life. I’m a senior at Shawnee High School in Medford, where I run both the Photography Club & School Newspaper. I’ll be attending Elizabethtown College in the fall to study Secondary Education & History. Outside of school, you can usually find me spending my time helping local families discover their family roots through my service ES Genealogy. I’ve helped over 1,000 people throughout the community and across the country discover their family history.

Reaction statement – It’s a huge honor to be named as this year’s Giving Back To The Community Scholarship winner. I’m greatly appreciative to Grungo Colarulo for choosing me, and for having this scholarship set in place in general to recognize those across our community who are giving back. This scholarship will have a strong and helpful impact in my pursuit to continue my education, and for that I’m extremely grateful to Grungo Colarulo.

2017 Winner: Albert Appouh

2017 Grungo Colarulo Giving Back to the Community Scholarship Award Winner Albert AppouhOur 2017 winner is Columbia University student Albert Appouh who managed to overcome adversity through his volunteer work and leadership in the community. Albert was born into a disadvantaged family of Ghanaian immigrants in Newark, NJ who divorced when he was five years old. However, despite these early challenges and his own mental disabilities, Albert found a release through his studies and through volunteer work in the community.

While at Columbia University, Albert has been able to maintain excellent grades through the course of his studies and while also becoming a student leader for various organizations throughout the campus and the local community.

In his own words:

“I realize that success does not become a reality without determination, hard work, and the ability to work with others, and I have applied this philosophy not just to my coursework, but also to how I live within my local community and now, gratefully, how I am seeking a path to my vocation as a leader. I seek to be a role model for underrepresented minorities. No matter my role, I am committed to showing others that their background, medical history, or social status has no effect on what they will be able to accomplish by applying hard work, determination, and by staying goal-oriented towards a brighter future.”