Applications for the 2020 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships now being accepted
Gaithersburg, Md., October 5, 2019 -- The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the 2020 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships which will run from October 5 through December 5, 2019. The scholarship program urges students to apply to #Get5KGive5K to help end hunger in their communities. Students from kindergarten through graduate school are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship with matching $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of their choice. Visit https://aim.applyISTS.net/StopHungerScholars to apply.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 40 million people living in the United States, including 12 million children, lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year. Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has a 13-year legacy of investing in young leaders and their innovative ideas because we believe they are the generation to end childhood hunger.
“The new generations are leading the path towards a more sustainable society empowering students to engage with responsible thinking and practices,” explained Gerri Mason Hall, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Chair and Chief Diversity and Sustainability Officer for the Americas. “We strive to encourage youth-led initiatives providing innovative solutions to help fight childhood hunger because this is an issue no one person, team, or organization can solve alone.”
Up to five national scholarship recipients will be selected based on their ongoing work to end hunger. The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will also recognize up to 20 Stop Hunger regional honorees with a $1,000 donation for their preferred hunger-relief charity.
“I am humbled by the quality and volume of applications we receive each year,” said Roxanne Moore, Executive Director, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. “Helping and supporting Stop Hunger heroes and scholars - ordinary people that make themselves extraordinary - bring the Stop Hunger Foundation closer to its objective of working toward zero hunger in the U.S.”
To date, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has recognized 226 regional honorees and 66 national scholarship recipients with grants totaling $531,000 for their hunger-relief charities and $305,000 in scholarships. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an accredited education institution (kindergarten through graduate school) in the United States and be able to demonstrate an enduring commitment to end hunger in their community.
“With the grant I received from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, I was able to launch the NEST4US APP connecting those at risk of hunger with resources and volunteers with opportunities to help,” explained Shreyaa Venkat, founder of NEST4US and 2019 Stephen J. Brady Scholar. “I would encourage other youth fighting hunger to apply for the scholarship, not only for the generous funds, but also the ability to network with others committed to reaching zero hunger,” added Venkat.
The deadline for 2020 applications is December 5, 2019. The 2020 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship recipients will be announced on June 15, 2020 at the 21st Annual Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Dinner. For complete details and to apply, please visit HelpStopHunger.org. Watch this video to hear stories from the previous Stop Hunger Scholars and how they plan to work toward zero hunger in the U.S. Apply by visiting https://aim.applyISTS.net/StopHungerScholars by December 5.
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. Visit Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @StopHungerUSA.
About Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation works with and through partners to help end childhood hunger in the United States because no child should be hungry today or risk being hungry again tomorrow. Sodexo, Inc., which funds all administrative costs, and the nonprofit Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, mobilize experts, innovators, volunteers and donors to feed children; to advocate for policies to end childhood hunger; and to implement innovative potential solutions, particularly those designed by youth. In 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours and since 1996 has leveraged nearly $34.5 million in grant dollars to help end childhood hunger.
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