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Bensalem Student Volunteer Recognized for Service

Mary Wilkinson, of Bensalem, is one of 134 students being recognized as part of Widener University's third annual high school leadership awards.

Mary Wilkinson, of Bensalem, is one of 134 students being recognized as part of Widener University's third annual high school leadership awards. Photo credit: Patch
Mary Wilkinson, of Bensalem, is one of 134 students being recognized as part of Widener University's third annual high school leadership awards. Photo credit: Patch

A Nazareth Academy High School student is one of 134 students selected as part of Widener University's third annual high school leadership awards.

Mary Wilkinson, of Bensalem, is being recognized for making a difference in the community by committing her time to being involved in school and community service activities as much as possible. She volunteers at Philabundance, Operation Santa Claus, St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen and relief for Hurricane Sandy victims.

In its third year, the program recognized 134 students from high schools throughout the Philadelphia region for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools.

"We are thrilled to see that the High School Leadership program is continuing to grow because there are so many students in our area who are demonstrating courage and leadership within their communities," Widener President James T. Harris III said in a press release. "This award embodies Widener University's focus on developing strategic leaders and responsible citizens who demonstrate the capacity to lead outside their comfort zone, and it's one that we are extremely proud of."

Winners are invited to a celebratory breakfast at the National Constitution Center on March 20, as well as a leadership conference at Widener in fall 2014. Most notably, winners will receive a scholarship of $20,000 over four years should they enroll at Widener University for undergraduate studies.

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