The Jesse Lee ASP group is excited to establish the John Ward “Love in Action” Award, a $1000 scholarship that will be awarded annually, starting this year, in honor of John’s 30th trip to Appalachia Service Project. The announcement was made during the 2017 Kick-Off Rally on February 23.
The award takes on the name of this year’s ASP theme, love in action. It is to honor the many years and the many ways that John has passionately dedicated himself to serving others. In addition to his work with ASP, John is a founding member of the Jesse Lee Spirit Builders, a church-based group that installs wheelchair ramps for residents of our region, designs and builds projects for the community, like the handicapped-accessible playground at Farmingville Elementary School, and tackles projects for the church, such as the renovation of the Carriage House and the newly-installed elevator in Jesse Lee’s sanctuary building.
John also serves on Jesse Lee’s ASP Council, which made surprising him with this announcement rather challenging. Still, the vote was unanimous, except for his unknowing abstention. We are truly inspired by John’s dedication. His example really is love in action.
Any high school senior who has completed at least one full ASP trip with Jesse Lee and plans to enroll in an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university in the fall can apply for the scholarship. Applications will be accepted through the Jesse Lee ASP website, are to be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a Jesse Lee ASP leader, and must be received by May 15. The recipient will be announced just prior to this year’s trip, during the send off on July 1.