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Kansas City, MO – Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) has awarded the first annual Don and Jean Sloan Scholarship to Zeeyaan Somani, an 18-year-old volunteer with YVC of Calgary. The $500 scholarship was established in honor of Don and Jean Sloan, long-time supporters of YVC.

Somani has volunteered nearly 500 hours with YVC while also serving in leadership roles at a variety of other school and extracurricular activities.

“I couldn’t be more honored, especially after getting to know the Sloan family,” Somani said. “This money is going toward funding my university education, so it’s helping me get one step closer to the goal I have in mind of helping people locally and abroad.”

Somani plans to pursue a degree in nursing beginning this fall, and she eventually plans to use her nursing skills by serving overseas.

“My family and I were pleased to receive so many qualified applicants for the scholarship, and we could not imagine anyone more deserving than Zeeyaan,” said Don Sloan, YVC board member since its inception. “We were inspired by all that Zeeyaan has accomplished so far, and we look forward to seeing all she will do in her lifetime.”

The Don and Jean Sloan Scholarship was established by the Sloans’ daughter Julie Sloan to encourage and reward youth service to their community. This scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior or college student who is an active volunteer with YVC, has demonstrated excellence in volunteerism and leadership and who is committed to making a difference in the community.

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is a nonprofit whose mission is to create and increase volunteer opportunities to enrich youth, address community needs and develop a lifetime commitment to service. For 26 years, YVC has engaged more than 270,000 11-18 year-olds from diverse backgrounds in year-round service projects. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, YVC has nearly 30 programs across the United States and Canada. Find more information at www.yvc.org.

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