When Ozanam Scholar Eugenia Soldatos
‘11CPS began volunteering at St. John’s Bread and Life
in Brooklyn in 2008 one of her mandates was encouraging clients to
register to vote. She ended up identifying a much deeper need among
them. With fellow scholar John Wilson, Eugenia created Project ID,
a program enabling clients to apply for various essential forms of
identification, such as birth certificates, voter registration
cards, non-driver’s identification cards and several others.
This month, Eugenia was selected as a finalist for the Student in Service Awards,
given to outstanding college students whose volunteer service
positively impacts society and inspires others to serve. The
Students in Service Awards (SISA) program supports students,
community organizations, and colleges and universities that
cultivate student leadership through service. Fifteen finalists
will compete for $25,000 in academic scholarships and grants.
“Eugenia is one of our great treasures in the Ozanam Scholars
Program,” said Reverend James J. Maher, C.M., Executive Vice
President for Mission. “She embodies the ideals of the program. At
St. John’s Bread and Life she has used her passion for service and
scholarly abilities to make a real impact on the lives of
impoverished New Yorkers. She is a shining example of Vincentian
mission, service and scholarship making a difference.”
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