Lauren Forney is a driven sophomore at Spelman College with a passion for Health Science and a clear vision for her future. She is driven by her desire to broaden her horizons, connect with new people, and enhance her leadership skills.
As an advocate of community service, Lauren firmly believes that age is just a number for making a positive impact. At 12, she founded her non-profit, Lauren's Community Service Academy, through which she works with youths across her city on service projects to better the community. Lauren's commitment and hard work have not gone unnoticed, as she has received numerous accolades on both local and national levels.
She was honored with the Texas Board of Education's Student Hero of the Year award, chosen from a pool of 5.2 million students for her outstanding service. Jack and Jill of America, Inc. recognized her as a Teen that Inspires. President Trump and President Obama awarded her the Presidential Service Award for her dedication to serving others.
In addition to her impressive service record, Lauren finds joy in staying active and spending quality time with family and friends.
John Lewis believed in the passion, persistence, and power of the people, particularly young citizens, to effect change from their kitchen tables and to never give up. NSHSS honors Representative Lewis's legacy with the John Lewis Good Trouble Scholarship for students who embody the ideals of 'good trouble'.