Karina Agarwal and Kendelle Pitts have been awarded the inaugural Lavelle Leaders Awards. These new awards recognize scholars who have demonstrated the “highest level of academic achievement” as well as outstanding leadership experiences and school, career, or community engagement that have made a significant impact. The two award winners “stood out as exemplars of outreach, team-building, and leadership skills,” and their work has already directly impacted hundreds of people. Both applicants are “impressive and inspiring” and “are true role models for their peers.” The efforts of Agarwal, a pre-law student, have made an impact in healthcare and in her community work in creating a “highly acclaimed” program delivering food and personal care items to those in need. Pitts, who is studying chemistry, is a volunteer and advocate for numerous nonprofit organizations, including a program providing essential supplies to homeless individuals. The Leaders Awards are open to college juniors and seniors and graduate students who attend one of the 12 Lavelle Fund for the Blind New York area partnering colleges and universities. The Lavelle Fund offers the Leaders Awards and the Lavelle-Brother Kearney Scholarship Program each year for students at partnering schools. Applications for the next awards cycle will be accepted from February 1, 2023 through June 30, 2023. Visit Lavelle Leaders Awards for more information about this year’s award winners as well as eligibility requirements and the application process.