2023 Pay It Forward Scholarship Winner

Katelynn Torres

Katelynn Torres was selected as the Fall 2023 winner of the Vito & Dollenmaier Law Pay it Forward Scholarship. Our team is honored to name such a hard-working and compassionate student. We are excited for Katelynn as she enters her fourth year of studies at Harper College and wish her the best of luck.

Read Katelynn’s Essay:

As a child of immigrants, I believe in the power of small acts of kindness. Paying it forward means recognizing the impact of even the tiniest gestures in creating a more accessible world for all.

Growing up, I learned to value every opportunity and appreciate the significance of the little things. I observed my parents’ unwavering work ethic and the value they placed on every opportunity. They taught me the importance of cherishing even the tiniest gestures of support and how these seemingly insignificant acts can accumulate into something extraordinary. By paying it forward, we invest in our communities. Each small act inspires and transforms lives. Whether helping a neighbor, volunteering, or offering support, these gestures create a ripple effect of empowerment.

As a child of immigrants, I have witnessed firsthand the impact of these acts. They foster a sense of belonging and inclusivity, addressing immediate needs while igniting positive change. Embracing paying it forward allows us to recognize the collective power of small actions. It starts with an open heart and a belief in our interconnectedness. By supporting others and providing opportunities, we build a society where everyone can thrive.

Through my immigrant background, I understand that the small things truly matter. Each act contributes to a more compassionate and inclusive society, enabling individuals to overcome obstacles. Paying it forward isn’t about grand gestures or vast resources; it’s about the value of every small act. Together, let’s create a brighter future, one small act of kindness at a time.