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.”