OAKLAND, Mich.—Kendra Cizauskas is one of four high school seniors attending GARBC churches who have been awarded $2,500 scholarships in the first GARBC Christian Character Scholarship competition.

The other three seniors are Sarah Iler of Lagrange, Ohio; Carson Odle of Lagrange, Ohio; and Jacob Southwell of Mancelona, Michigan. Ten other students received $1,000 scholarships, and 10 more received $500 scholarships to any of seven Christian colleges who are participating in the program.

Kendra Cizauskas, a member of First Baptist Church of Rochester, Michigan, is involved in Christian service in her church, at her public high school, and on missions trips. She has taught and led a small group in her youth group and has mentored younger girls in her church. She regularly serves in the church nursery, has volunteered at a homeless shelter that her church supports, participates in Vacation Bible School each year, has taught classes for young children and in Awana, and has participated in short-term missions trips to Detroit and Thailand.

Kendra is also an active witness in her high school. She is involved in the Reach program, which is a prayer and Bible study group, and has invited her friends to join her Bible studies and attend youth group activities at church. She has served on the yearbook staff for three years and served as editor her senior year. She has been involved in the theater program at school and has participated in various musicals. She has also been a member of her school’s Green Club, which promotes sustainability and environmental stewardship in her community.

Tim Brokke, discipleship and outreach pastor at First Baptist, describes Kendra as a leader in the church’s nursery, preschool, and children’s programs. He says, “Kendra is always willing to serve. She has shown evidence of the fruit of the Spirit all her life. She has a love for God and a love for others that is obvious.”

Kendra’s teacher Melissa Mathie describes her as very personable; she gets along well with any age group and works collaboratively with her peers. “Kendra is a wonderful student. She is a hard worker, considerate towards others, likes to help, and will be a huge asset to any post-secondary institution,” she says.

Church youth leader Kevin Kerr says, “Kendra has grown throughout the years and is using her spiritual gifts. She loves working with children. She is always willing to volunteer to help out behind the scenes. You don’t have to ask Kendra twice to help. She will jump right in.”

In college, Kendra plans to pursue early childhood education and become an elementary school teacher. She plans to become involved in a church ministry and is interested in becoming involved in an inner-city mission for children near her college.

David Burman Jr., a judge for the scholarship program, says, “It was a tremendous blessing getting to know the applicants through their submissions and the impressions received from their references. I was impressed with their hearts for service and for ministry. They have already had significant impact in their churches as young servant leaders.”

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