The Salvation Army is seeking nominations for the 2015 D.J.’s Hero Scholarship Awards.  Seven Nebraska high school seniors will be chosen to receive the award, named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol, for commitment to others and to their community.

The featured speaker is Liz Murray, author, “Breaking Night:  A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.”  Murray’s life is a triumph over adversity and a stunning example of the importance of dreaming big. Her life as the child of a cocaine-addicted parents in the Bronx was grim.  By age 15, she lost her mother and was homeless and living in the streets.   Her story is exhilarating as she takes the audience on a very personal journey where she achieves the improbable.
Criteria for selecting honorees include:
            Nebraska residency  
            High school senior        
            Commitment to others and to the community
            Courage to act independently
            Greatest achievement in life 
            Ability to overcome challenges/adversity

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit Salvation Army programs for children and families.



Photos from Western Division.  


About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.


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