Paige Stodtmeister recently won the Nordstrom Leadership and Service Award, which is a $10,000 scholarship to a university of her choice.
This prestigious national scholarship is awarded to outstanding students based on GPA, community service, and proven leadership.
The scholarship review committee noted that they were especially impressed with the number of friends Paige had made within the disabled community at Spanish Fork High School, where she started clubs for the group and organized activities for each of them individually.
“I couldn’t believe they had chosen me out of so many qualifying students, but I felt extremely excited, because education is so important to me, and I knew this would provide me with the options and opportunities I need to fulfill my plans and dreams,” Paige said, shortly after receiving the award.
Paige received the award in front of the student body at Spanish Fork High School via the morning announcements on screen. Anita Crandall, one of the scholarship directors, travelled from California to the high school to make the presentation in person.
“When I was called out of class and marched down to the broadcasting booth, I was a little confused,” Paige said, but her fears were soon allayed as Crandall presented her the award, and the small audience in the booth began to clap and cheer.
“I felt gratitude for my mom, my teachers, and the Nordstrom committee that helped me put this all together,” she said.
Only 80 Nordstrom Scholarships are given out nation-wide each year, based on regional competitions.
Paige is considering attending either Southern Virginia University, Brigham Young University, or University of Utah, where she will pursue medical studies to become a nurse practitioner.