Stephanie L. Dykstra Memorial Scholarship recipient

Karen VanDyke

When asked for three of her top priorities in life, Karen mentioned her faith, her family and her neighborhood. She sums up these values well when she writes, “My parents instilled in me how important it is, as a Christian, to be an active member of the neighborhood in which one lives…I want to live in my neighborhood, and serve in it—trying to thank the schools, businesses, and people who showed me what living in community means.” Karen does this in many ways, including living in a Project Neighborhood house in her neighborhood, attending a local church, and tutoring at a nearby high school.