Salvation Army searches for young heroes
The Salvation Army is now seeking nominations for the 2011 D.J.’s Hero Scholarship Awards. Six Nebraska youths, ages 17-19, will be chosen to receive the award, named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol, for commitment to others and to their community.
Nominations must be postmarked by March 11 to be eligible for entry.
Nomination forms are now available online at www.GiveSalvationArmy.org. Forms may also be obtained by contacting Patti Cameli at 402-898-5906.
Honorees receive a $5,000 scholarship toward their selected college or university. D.J.’s Heroes will be recognized at the D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon on May 9 at Qwest Center Omaha.
The featured speaker is Apolo Anton Ohno, most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.
Criteria for selecting honorees include:
• Nebraska residency
• Commitment to others and to the community
• Courage to act independently
• Greatest achievement in life
• Ability to overcome challenges/adversity
D.J. Sokol, son of David and Peggy Sokol of Omaha, lost his courageous battle with cancer at the age of 18. Through the D.J.’s Hero Award, his memory lives on through the award recipients who share his qualities of dedication to faith and family, selfless acts for others, volunteerism and commitment to the community.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefit Salvation Army programs for children and families.