Edward Andrews, a Berkeley resident, has been named a Toyota National Scholar and was awarded $20,000.
Andrews attended Saint Marks School in Southborough, Mass. For the last 10 years of his life, Andrews volunteered at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), the largest service provider for homeless and needy children in the Bay Area.
Andrews also founded a nonprofit organization, SAY-YAY! (Save American Youth-Youth Advocates for Youth!), and set up an annual holiday toy drive.
The Scholars program, which has awarded $4.48 million in four years, honors 100 high school seniors from around the nation; 88 are regional winners, while only 12 are national winners. Andrews, winner of a Toyota National Scholarship will receive $20,000 over four years to study at a four-year college starting in the fall of 2000.
The winners of the Toyota Community Scholars program were selected by a panel of college and university admissions officials from across the United States. It recognizes students who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the classroom as well as in their communities, through commitment to community service.
The scholarship winners attended an awards banquet May 12 in Louisville. College football coach Lou Holtz was the featured speaker.
“Each year, we are amazed at the special qualities these students possess,” said James Press, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Sales, in a press release. “Not only are they at the top of their class academically, but they are also at the top in terms of caring about the world around them. When you sit down and talk with these teen-agers, you can’t help but feel good about the future of this country.”