BOSTON (WWLP) – Outstanding college students from across Massachusetts were recognized today. 22News spoke with winners from western Massachusetts about their contributions to the community.
The “29 Who Shine” event honors students from public colleges and universities for their leadership and community service.
The state recognized one student from each of the state’s 29 public colleges and universities for their contributions both in and out of the classroom. Steve Jones wants to use his military experiences to help veterans with PTSD.
“I’m a little surprised. You know, I’m 40 years old, I didn’t really think going back to school that I would be the one that would be recognized because I just do what I do and do it to the best of my ability and never look back,” said Holyoke Community College’s Steve Jones.
Students were chosen based on their academic achievements, leadership and community service. Habits that, they say, need to start early on in life.
“When you start a tradition of giving back within your early years that kind of becomes ingrained in your culture and then that kind of culture of giving back continues decade after decade,” said UMass Amherst student, Kurt Schultz.
Winners of the “29 Who Shine” award are going on to study medicine, public policy, and one even got a job at Google.