We are catching up with our 2015 Young Humanitarian Award Runner-Up – Emilee Hamilton!


Q: Since last Spring, what’s new in your life?
A: I graduated from Mountain Crest High School. I am now studying Human Movement with an emphasis in Physical Therapy at Utah State University. I am interested in a masters degree in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy with a Gerontology degree so I can continue working with the elderly population.
Q: How have you continued to make service a priority in your life?
A: Utah YOUth Connect continues to grow. We recently partnered with Firehouse Pizzeria to to develop a bookmark that will reward students with free pizza for giving 10 hours of service to the elderly!


Q: In your opinion, why should students make service a priority in their already busy lives?
A: For me, service has been the biggest thing to help me become who I am today. I have made friends and developed self-esteem. I never saw myself paying for college, being awarded, or making so many connections with people all over the nation, but I have. More than making someone else’s  day, service changes your life.”
Emilee recently received the GE Reagan Scholarship – a $40,000 college scholarship given students who emulate the qualities of President Reagan by observing a problem and doing something about it.
She also traveled to Nashville Tennessee as the 2015 recipient of the National Young Adult Caring Award. While she was there she was able to share her story at the National Association of Home Health & Hospice Annual Conference.

To learn more about Utah YOUth Connect visit www.utahyouthconnect.org