Palmyra-Macedon High School junior Katie Barnes, of Macedon, recently received the Dare to Dream Travel Scholarship to spend six weeks volunteering at a public elementary school in Cape Town, South Africa.
The $3,000 scholarship was established by 2007 PMHS graduate Joshua Ford. Ford, who credits his professional success to international cultural experiences, want the scholarship to provide similar opportunities to current PMHS students.
“I am thoroughly impressed with Katie’s accomplishments and even more excited about what lies ahead for her,” Ford said. “She will be the first scholarship recipient to go to Africa, and we look forward to hearing about her experiences and her sharing those with the broader Pal-Mac community on her return.”
Juniors were encouraged to apply for the scholarship in their social studies classrooms. Applicants needed to propose a project that would be completed in the summer between their junior and senior years. They could propose any volunteer or educational program and could partner with any reputable organization.
Barnes will live with other volunteers in Cape Town. She will be affiliated with GoEco, an organization committed to placing volunteers who will contribute to the humanitarian and ecological health of international communities. She will offer educational and personal support to children in grades K-5.
Barnes is the daughter of Jennifer and Howard Barnes. She participates in varsity swimming, school musicals and Venture Crew, a co-ed Scouting program. She currently plans to pursue a college major in special or elementary education.