The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship program recognizes student innovation and youth led solutions to fight hunger in America. These young people are creating awareness and mobilizing peers in their communities to be catalysts for change. The scholarship awardees comprise a wide variety of students, ages 5 to 25, who are recognized at the national and regional level and hail from across the country. Since the program’s inception in 2007, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has awarded close to $800,000 in grants and scholarships. View all scholars.
2019 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholars
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Lauryn Hinckley, 19-years-old; Bismarck, N.D.
North Dakota has the highest number of billionaires per capita of any state in the U.S. It also has one in five kids living in hunger. Those facts inspired Lauren to be the voice for the voiceless in her community. She started a backpack program to send kids home with enough food for the weekend. Lauryn also organizes PB&J drives, providing over 28,000 sandwiches. She has educated and recruited thousands of youth volunteers from schools, 4-H clubs and her sorority. She wants people to have the uncomfortable conversations about wealth and hunger so that all children can play harder, think smarter and dream bigger.
Lauryn is a rising sophomore at Concordia College at Moorhead in Moorhead, Minn. The $5,000 grant from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will benefit the MSA United Way in Bismarck, S.D.
Korbin Leddy, 15-years-old; Stockholm, S.D.
Korbin knows his efforts alone will never solve the issue of hunger, but he can create a chain reaction that motivates other youth to get involved. He has rallied his classmates and 4-H members to organize food drives, collecting over 7,300 pounds of food for the Grant County Food Pantry. He also started “Buckets of Goodness,” container gardens with tomato or green pepper plants so that people can grow their own food.
Korbin is a rising sophomore at Milbank High School in Milbank, S. D. The $5,000 grant from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will benefit Feeding South Dakota in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the Grant County Christian Service Council which supports the Grant County Food Pantry in Milbank, S.D.
Nicholas Metropulos, 20-years-old; Boca Raton, Fla.
Living in southern Florida, Nicholas saw an opportunity to end hunger hidden in plain sight. Taking advantage of surplus fish caught in fishing tournaments, Nicholas re-purposes it to feed hungry people. As executive director of Fishing for Families in Need (he took that role at age 15!), he recruits youth and adult volunteers to gut, clean, and fillet the fish for soup kitchens to cook and serve. Last year, he provided over 1,000 pounds of fresh fish – an otherwise unaffordable protein source – to patrons of soup kitchens in South Florida and the Caribbean.
Nicholas is a rising senior at Hellenic College in Brookline, Mass. The $5,000 grant from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will benefit Fishing for Families in Need, Inc., in Boca Raton, Fla.
Roark Sizemore, 21-years-old; Morgantown, W. Va.
After an awkward moment seeing a classmate and his siblings among the patrons at a homeless shelter where he was serving meals, Roark committed to end hunger in his community. He started food pantries in schools – now at 11 schools serving 1,200 children each month with food, hygiene products, schools supplies and clothing. Roark also learned about the root causes of poverty and hunger, and the challenges specific to rural hunger. Then he started Pantry Plus More to meet those challenges with nutrition education, medical and mental health care, and housing information.
Roark is a rising senior at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va. The $5,000 grant from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will benefit The Pantry Plus More in Morgantown, W. Va.
Shreyaa Venkat, 16-years-old; Ashburn, Va.
Others often describe Shreyaa as being a “multiplier effect.” In fact, she made an app for that! Called” Nestables,” the app connects people who have excess food to donate, local shelters seeking food sponsors, and volunteers looking for service opportunities. Whether it’s serving meals to the homeless on weekends, spreading the word about hunger through social media or sharing her passion for eliminating food waste, Shreyaa multiplies her impact by engaging others. Her organization, NEST, began with four core members in 2015 and has blossomed to over 400 regular volunteers today, serving meals to 8,000 people experiencing homelessness.
Shreyaa is a rising senior at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Va. The $5,000 grant from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will benefit NEST4US in Ashburn, Va.
2019 Regional Honorees
- Kira Andreucci, age 18, Fitchburg, MA
- Addie Daniels, age 18, Chino Valley, AZ
- Gabriella De Luca, age 18, Davie, FL
- Yash Desai, age 23, San Antonio, TX
- Jonathan Graham, age 18, Tyler, TX
- Anna Hartshorne, age 17, Broken Arrow, OK
- Yasmin Horner, age 18, Lewisville, NC
- Blake Howe, age 15, Yorktown, VA
- Emily King, age 20, Ellerslie, GA
- Aubrey Layton, age 18, Welch, OK
- Gabrielle Picca, age 21, Carmel, NY
- Madelyn Sawyer, age 18, Canadian, TX
- M'Lea Scott, age 20, Memphis, TN
- Harper Self, age 18, Orlando, FL
- Miriam Steinberg, age 18, Scarsdale, NY
- Anna Sun, age 17, Canton, MI
- Taylor Taft, age 16, Herriman, UT
- Olivia Williams, age 18, College Station, TX
The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship application period opens October 5. Email us if you would like to receive messages regarding scholarship information and Stop Hunger.