Nice girls finish first in an area scholarship competition sponsored by the Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp Foundation
Mason teens Sabrina Barber, Elysia Ruiz and Molly Reel are among 31 area scholarship recipients honored for demonstrating kindness, compassion and community service.
The foundation awarded the scholarships to girls entering Catholic high schools who demonstrated “kind-heartedness.” Applicants must write an essay outlining their community volunteer efforts.
Jerry and Nancy Hollenkamp of Bridgetown founded the organization in memory of the youngest of their three children, Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp, who in 1997 was born six weeks premature with two holes in her heart. In her short life, she underwent five heart surgeries, including a heart and double lung transplant when she was 18 months old.
Since its start in 2001, the foundation has helped pay the medical bills of more than 167 families of children with life-threatening illnesses.
It’s a spirit of kind-heartedness the Hollenkamps say is epitomized in each of the scholarship winners.
The students each received a $500 scholarship and were honored at a June 12 reception.
Sabrina, who will attend Ursuline Academy, is the daughter of Julie and Darin Barber. Elysia, who will also attend Ursuline Academy, is the daughter of Donna and Michael Ruiz. Molly, who will attend Mt. Notre Dame High Schoo, is the daughter of Kathleen and David Reel.