ANNUAL STUDENT AWARD OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
From TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council

Lilly Kaighin Award – $1,000
Given to a student who has created  and implemented a service project to meet an identified community need.
Teeja Service Through the Arts Award – $1,000
Given to a student who has used the arts in service through volunteering or implementing an original project to meet a community need. Sponsored by Stage Door Studios.
Deadline Extended to Friday February 18, 2022

Bette Woodson Award – $1,000
Given to a student who demonstrates a commitment to service within the community.
Freeman Orthodontics Inspiration Awards – $500
Award is given to two students nominated by a teacher or counselor and confirmed by the principal for inspiring others by overcoming unique challenges. Sponsored by Freeman Orthodontics 
Deadline Extended to Friday February 18, 2022

The TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council annually offers four awards (described below) to Sarasota County School District public high school seniors to encourage a life-long habit of community involvement and service. The application deadline is February 1, 2022 at midnight. The deadlines for the Teeja Service Through the Arts Award and the Freeman Orthodontics Inspiration Awards have been extended to Friday February 18, 2022. The awards will be presented in April. Award applications will be posted on this website annually in October.

The Lilly Kaighin Community Service Award was established to memorialize one of the founders of the Sarasota County School District volunteer and partnership program. The award was established and is funded by the TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council. This award is given to a 12th grader (senior) enrolled in a Sarasota County School District public high school who has seen a need in the community and has created and implemented an original community service project to meet the identified need. The TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council Awards Committee selects one award winner for this $1,000 award.

The Bette Woodson Award memorializes Bette’s 15 years of dedicated service as a Sarasota County School District volunteer. This $1,000 award was established and is funded by the TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council. It is given to a 12th grader (senior) enrolled in a Sarasota County public high school who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to providing service within our community as verified by narrative/logs submitted with the application. The TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council Awards Committee selects one award winner.

The Teeja Service through the Arts Award was established and is funded by Stage Door Studios in memory of one of its younger dancers to encourage community service involvement through the Arts. This award is given to a 12th grader (senior) enrolled in a Sarasota County School District public high school who has seen a need in the community and through volunteer activities and/or an original project has used service through the arts to meet the identified need. The TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council Awards Committee selects one winner for this $1,000 award. 

In addition to the Kaighin, Woodson, and Teeja awards, the Council also offers the Freeman Orthodontics Inspiration Awards. These awards sponsored by Freeman Orthodontics are given to two high school seniors enrolled in Sarasota County School District public schools who have inspired others by overcoming unique and challenging circumstances while remaining in school and maintaining or improving academic achievement. Students who meet these criteria must be nominated by a teacher or counselor with written confirmation from the student’s high school principal. The nominator’s personal narrative supporting the nominee should include both the nature of the unique and challenging circumstances and how these circumstances have inspired others. The TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council Awards Committee selects two award winners, each receiving a $500 award.