By Sharon Aron Baron
A Coral Springs senior was one of two awarded $2,500 scholarships from the Broward League of Cities for students with aspirations for careers in public service.
Madison Stauffer, a senior at Coral Glades High School, has a GPA of 3.9 and has volunteered more than 285+ community service hours. With a strong sense of community, Madison plans to pursue a degree in political science with a minor in public leadership.
She applied because the Broward League of Cities encourages youth to pursue philanthropic activities and engages students with their communities.
“These ideals largely reflect my own, as much of my volunteer work includes youth political involvement and community outreach,” she said.
Besides volunteering as the Florida social media/marketing lead for the gun-sense activist group, Students Demand Action, she also served as a volunteer coordinator for voter registration drives and phone banking sessions during the 2020 presidential election.
Since fourth grade, she has resided in the city with her parents Dale and Danielle Stauffer. That is, until she attends the University of Florida this fall.
Once she begins college, Madison said she would be the co-lead for the Gainesville Students Demand Action group, alongside her role on the state board.
“As a freshman at the University of Florida, I hope to involve myself in local elections, inspire peers to vote, and earn meaningful experience through internships.”
The other $2,500 recipient of the Broward League of Cities Scholarship is Cooper City High School senior Sabrina Rapoport, who will be attending Mount Holyoke College and studying political science with a possible second major in mass communications.
Since 2010, the Broward League of Cities’ Scholarship for Government Studies program has donated more than $45,000 in financial assistance to high school seniors pursuing areas of study in the field of municipal government. These students also demonstrated an impressive resume of internships and volunteerism in governmental, community, and legislative environments. The students were selected from a number of applicants who reside in cities across Broward County.
Madison was elated upon hearing that she was a recipient and said there were many amazing applicants who made profound impacts on their communities, which is the most important aspect.
“I am proud to represent Coral Springs and hope to continue serving my local government through a career in law or public office.”
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