Written by Ginny Randall, 2013 Taylor’s Gift Scholarship Winner
Ginny Randall is a 2013 Taylor’s Gift Scholarship winner from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. She is a freshman at Vanderbilt University pursuing a degree in Women and Genders Studies and Public Policy, in hopes of improving the lives of women and children around the country through nonprofits or public service organizations.
Every day that has passed since I arrived on Vanderbilt’s campus - thanks to the help of the Taylor’s Gift Foundation Scholarship - I have learned and relearned the message that is so central to Taylor’s Gift: ‘Outlive Yourself’.
Challenged and Changed
Students and faculty from all over the world have challenged me and changed me for the better, passing along parts of their history and knowledge through lectures, discussions, and conversations. I am continually inspired to live each day with a spirit of love and kindness that will carry on in others’ lives, regardless of how long I am actually in contact with them. I know how significantly I have changed in response to the love and kindness shown to me this year, and while these people might call it something else, they too are living out the ‘Outlive Yourself’ spirit.
Giving Back in Simple Ways
In the coming months, I hope to start a campaign supporting organ donation. Kickstarting a simple online fundraiser, helping organize a speaking engagement on the Vanderbilt campus, or perhaps planning a grassroots event that would help raise organ donation awareness throughout the city of Nashville. But, in the meantime, I found many ways to actively contribute to the Vanderbilt community in after-school programs and volunteering opportunities. Although it may not seem like a big deal to pass out candy at an after-school program’s Halloween party, I know that by sharing the joy of a sugar rush with these kids I help create a positive memory that will last far beyond that single day because their smiles have remained ingrained in my memory since that day.
I hope that my next seven semesters at Vanderbilt allow me to continue to outlive myself by contributing something positive to this community and beyond, thanks to the generous support of the Taylor’s Gift Scholarship.
Being part of a dynamic educational campus will allow me to use my knowledge about organ donation to help educate and inspire others to outlive themselves. My hope is that at the end of my college education, I have in some way impacted the world by creating more awareness around organ donation and the ‘Outlive Yourself’ spirit.
Learn About the 2014 Taylor's Gift Scholarship
This year Taylor's Gift Foundation will be awarding a total of four Taylor's GIft Scholarships, each in the amount of $1000; 2 of these are National scholarships open to Seniors in the US. Applications are now being accepted and Taylor's Gift invites 2014 high school seniors to apply! Visit TaylorsGift.org/Scholarship for application information.