We are pleased to announce Sarah Kasko as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Longwood University's SNVC Institute for Leadership $1,000 Undergraduate Scholarship. 

Leadership is a trait that has been inherent in Sarah since she was a little girl.  She began giving of herself as a member of the Girl Scouts in the first grade.  Participating in service projects for over eleven years had set the stage for her to continue sharing her talents during her years at Longwood.

After two service trips to assists victims of natural disaster relief from severe flooding, Sarah states in her essay that she knew, “there was no way I could go away to college and not participate in leadership roles or community service.”  She had initiated the “End in Mind” to make a difference as a transitional person to impact change during her time at the University.

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Prior to the start as a student at Longwood, she contacted the Cross Country Coach to ask to be considered as a Team Manager.  The coach was quite impressed and immediately offered her this role.  This is no small commitment since it required waking up at 5:30 a.m. to facilitate practice and meets.

Sarah also serves as a Resident Assistant to over 30 first year students at Longwood.  She offers them not only guidance on the practices and policies of the University, but also valuable insights on how to get the most out of the college experience through involvement.

She was recently inducted to Alpha Phi Omega, a National Service Fraternity were she currently participates in 35 hours of service each semester.  Even during summer break she continues to assist others as a counselor at a camp for children with special needs.  Sarah’s personal goal is to “be a better person every day.”

Although she has not participated in “The 7 Habits of High Effective People” training offered by the SNVC Institute, she has demonstrated the qualities and principles of the program.  Sarah takes responsibility for her personal paradigms to create positive change in all she does, not only for herself, but with all others with whom she has contact.  She strives to be a positive role model to all.