When I was assigned to write a short blog about the Alaskan essay scholarship winner Dominic Alioto, I wasn’t sure where to start because I have never met the young man. But after reading his essay and then the brief bio that accompanied it, I realized he embodies some of the best things about Alaska.
Dominic comes from a rural small town in Alaska, and like most Alaskans, he has a love for the outdoors. But what really resonated is that, just like me, Dominic is homeschooled. Twenty years ago this June, I was a member of only the second class to graduate from IDEA or Interior Distance Education of Alaska; it’s the same program Dominic is in now. As I sit here, it gives me goosebumps to think that two decades ago, I was right where he is, waiting to conquer to world with my hopes, dreams and goals. And now, here I am, writing this to honor him with a scholarship that is both well-earned and deserved.
This is far from Dominic’s first honor. He also has received numerous awards from the Alaska Academic Decathlon, has been recognized as a potential candidate for the National Merit Scholarship, was selected as student body president and will be the captain of his swim team next year as a senior! To say this young man is dedicated and motivated is a gross understatement.
His essay on Beans Café and what they do for our community shines a light on volunteers and their value to folks needing a little extra help. Being accredited by the Better Business Bureau as a for-profit business is a wonderful accomplishment and sets you apart from other businesses. Being accredited as a charity, like Beans Café, is just as important. So, when you give of your time or money you know, it’s going to a reputable charity, one that exhibits the highest standards. Just like Dominic represents the highest standards with his scholastic and community achievements.
I hope you take a moment to read Dominic’s Essay https://bbb-scholarship.org/dominic-alioto/, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.