A Spring-Ford Area High School student has been recognized by Widener University for her "outstanding civic contribution and leadership.”
Alexandra Rich, of Limerick, was one of 134 students from high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware recognized with the university's High School Leadership Award for demonstrating courage and leadership.
Rich made a difference in the community by serving as a member of the RAM Buddies Program, volunteering her time after school to work with students in physical and social activities. In addition, she often volunteers to help students in need, whether it be welcoming a new student who speaks limited English to the school or helping a student in the autism spectrum on to the bus, according to the university.
Students were selected for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools, according to the school.
"The turnout of nominations this year was remarkable and the level of civic engagement among the winners is truly inspiring," said Widener University President James T. Harris III. "Our mission at Widener is deeply rooted in service, leadership and community, making this program extremely special to the university.”
Winners of the award will receive a $20,000 scholarship over four years to attend the school, and will be celebrated at a breakfast at the National Constitution Center in March.