HOBY College Scholarship Winners


Congratulations to our three outstanding HOBY College Scholarship Winners:

Allie Thiesse, Umar Momen, and Kylie Kuhns!

Allie Thiesse attended the HOBY South Dakota Leadership Seminar in 2013. She founded Walter’s Warriors to raise awareness and money for a best friend who is undergoing chemotherapy. To date, Allie has raised over $7,000 dollars!


“Inspired by the courage of one of my best friends who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the second time, I decided to take action. I attended my local HOBY state leadership seminar and left with a plan. I designed a t-shirt and a Facebook page named Walter’s Warriors to raise awareness and money for my friend’s cause. To date, the t-shirt drive has raised over $7,000 and we have gained over 1,000 likes on Facebook. HOBY inspired my commitment to help others and taught me how to start my own projects. HOBY was my catalyst and ignited a spark to help others by volunteering. I’ve always loved volunteering, but attending HOBY really put things into perspective.

Umar Momen was inspired by his HOBY Northern California Seminar in 2013 and has played an active role in raising money and awareness for the importance of education in Bangladesh and Guatemala.


“In 2012 I visited two schools in Bangladesh run by the largest NGO in the world, BRAC. Moved by the incredible work the NGO was doing I was inspired to take action. In 2013, I took my first step by attending my local HOBY seminar in Northern California. Here I learned about how to transform an idea into a reality. I created my very own fundraiser on Indiegogo to raise $5,000 in 60 days to support the education programs. After 55 days, I achieved my goal. The amazing feeling generated through helping people spurred me on and made me discover the beauty of working with non-profits. The winter after my fundraising efforts, I joined up with the non-profit, Humanity First, and went on a medical mission to Guatemala. I worked in the medical camp over a five-day period, packing pills, taking vitals signs, operating a nebulizer, and translating for other Americans. In the end, we were able to provide free medical support to over 2,900 Guatemalans who otherwise would never be able to afford basic medical attention. HOBY made me realize my true passion: helping other people.


Kylie Kuhns, a 2013 HOBY Central PA alumna, founded Kelsey’s Dream, a nonprofit organization created to raise money and awareness for children with cancer. Inspired by her sister who passed away from Leukemia in 2005, Kylie has raised to date over $325,000 for her cause!


“In 2007, I started the non-profit organization, Kelsey’s Dream, which is an organization in memory of my older sister who passed away in 2005 at the age of twelve from complications with Leukemia. Through Kelsey’s Dream I was able to show many kids, teens and adults the value of volunteering and how important and fun it can be just to help out with an organization, which is why we have over 400 volunteers, and nearly 75% of them are youth volunteers. To date, we have raised over $325,000 to help children with cancer and children in need. Helping others and volunteering has always been a big part of my life but going to HOBY really revealed my commitment to my community and local organizations, including my own. After returning home from HOBY, I was inspired to get involved with more clubs that revolve around volunteer work at my school, so I took action and joined. HOBY inspired me to inspire others to get involved with making a difference in their community.

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