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Scholarship Finalist: Shazia Panjwani

Shazia Paniwani
Shazia Panjwani attended Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala. and is attending UAB.

I cannot help myself but believe that God has put me on this earth for one major purpose: to help people. Ever since I was young, I would take any chance I was provided with to be of service to those around me. I did any task I could get my hands on, without thinking of any job as too small. I have participated in community service all throughout high school simply because I am passionate about serving others. Since my freshman year, I became very engaged in volunteering at my place of worship. I received the amazing opportunity of becoming an Area Lead of the youth volunteer team my sophomore year and a Team Lead in my junior year. Fast forward to my senior year, I am blessed to still be in a leadership role. Apart from this, I have been involved in other acts of service in my community. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted my mental health immensely; I felt an extreme sense of loneliness and a lack of belonging. So, I decided to join Hoover Juniorettes, which is a community service organization sponsored by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Through this club, I was able to regain my purpose of serving others. I took part in appreciating local firemen for their service, paying respects to veterans with Wreaths Across America, and even helping with the execution of the annual Moss Rock Festival. I have also participated in giving back to good causes through school events. I donated diapers for the Bundles of Hope Diaper Drive, bought flatware to support Grace’s Kitchen, contributed canned goods for individuals in need during Thanksgiving, and assisted in purchasing items for a fellow peer’s Christmas wish list through the Holiday Buc operation. God has given me endless possibilities of serving others, which is what enables me to wake up everyday and keeps me going even in times of difficulty. Assisting others through acts of service and charity does not stop after the end of my high school journey; I strive to strengthen my relationship with God and continue to fuel my passion by seizing every opportunity to serve others and in turn serve Him as well.

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