Scholarship Recipients

2017 Scholarship Recipients

colin-wesselkamper Colin Wesselkamper
Maine South, 12th grade

I am so grateful for the money I received from Elyssa’s Mission. It warms my heart to know that there are institutions out there wanting to make a difference in the lives of many teens. I am humbled and grateful for this wonderful scholarship to help me further pursue my education next year in Washington D.C.

delaney-katz Delaney Katz
Lake Zurich, 11th grade

I am extremely honored to be a recipient of the Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship. This scholarship will continually remind me of the powerful impact I can leave on a person both now and for the rest of my life. Mental health and suicide prevention are two of my greatest passions and this scholarship will continue to remind to be an active member in these two causes. Elyssa’s Mission is a wonderful organization that brings light to an issue not nearly talked about enough, and I am so grateful to be recognized by them. Thank you very much for this scholarship.

gillian-niezyniecki Gillian Niezyniecki
Maine South, 11th grade

This scholarship is validation that what I am doing for my friends and for my school is effective and necessary. Sharing my story of how to ACT was difficult because of the struggle I faced to tell someone about my friends condition. Through sharing my story, I hope that many others will not be afraid to go to an adult and help someone’s suffering.

brianna-brodeur Brianna Broduer
Lake Zurich, 12th grade

I am honored to be selected for the Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship. I am grateful to Elyssa’s Mission for shining a light on suicide and suicide prevention through the Acknowledge Care and Tell technique. Thank you for listening to my story and I hope to continue helping others throughout college with the aid of the Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship.

cristal-johnson Cristal Johnson
Bolingbrook, 12th grade

I am honored to have received the Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship. This gave me a platform to tell my story of how I utilized the ACT technique in order to help my friend. This scholarship will help me financially in college while I study to become a Chemist.

sarah-bakerSarah Baker,
Maine South, 12th grade

I am honored to be awarded a scholarship from Elyssa’s Mission as participating in this program is a reminder that we are able to help others by taking action. This scholarship will also help to fund college costs so I am able to pursue a career in Physical Therapy, a field that will enable me to continue in my efforts to help other people. I am very appreciative of the recognition and scholarship.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

danielle_havel Danielle Havel
Winning this scholarship hits home to me. I hope that sharing my story and the struggles I faced will have a positive effect on others. Through Elyssa’s Mission, I want to spread awareness about depression and let others know there’s always hope. No one is ever alone. This scholarship will help me to pursue my dreams of attending college to study pre-veterinary science. I want everyone to know there’s always a ladder of support to climb out off the dark hole and rediscover the joy of life.

natalie-hardy Natalie Hardy
Winning Elyssa’s scholarship is a true honor. The funds will help me significantly as I enter college to pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant. My passion is to help others, and Elyssa’s Mission showed me another way I can do so. Since receiving the news of this award, I’ve been much more aware about the signs of someone in trouble. The person sitting next to you can be struggling, and you may never even know it. The scholarship, noticing when someone is in need, and a newborn ability to speak up and educate have really shaped who I am today. I pledge to further Elyssa’s mission and spread awareness by not only saving lives but cherishing them.

zachary-daniels Zachary Daniels
Winning this scholarship is a reminder to me that acting does make a difference. My best friend is physical evidence of that.

evalina-bournias Evalina Bournias
I am so thankful that I have been bestowed such an honor by Elyssa’s Mission. I appreciate the Mission’s time and consideration. I was anxious to receive word on whether or not I had received the scholarship. Now that I know I have been selected, I feel satisfied knowing that my story on how to “ACT” when you or someone you know–in my case it was a classmate–is depressed or suicidal, was recognized. This is such a wonderful program that really helps teens learn to recognize the signs of depression/suicide, as well as help people know what actions they should take if in that situation. Thank you again for the generous contribution; I am truly honored to receive this recognition.

danielle-eickenbergDanielle Eickenberg
This scholarship helps me with my college tuition. More importantly, the scholarship reiterates the fact that I really did help somebody.