The National Catholic Scouting Committee has awarded $2,000 scholarships to two recent high school graduates from the Archdiocese who are Eagle Scouts: Paul Kariuki, of Holy Angels Academy in Richfield, and Matthew Korf, of Academy St. Thomas in Mendota Heights.
Kariuki and Korf were among nine Boy Scouts nationwide who received NCCS scholarships on June 20, which recognize service and leadership in four areas: church, community, school and scouting. Both are members of the Order of the Arrow, the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.
Kariuki, a Nativity of Mary parishioner in Bloomington, will attend the University of Mary in Fargo, North Dakota, this fall, and Korf, a St. Ambrose parishioner in Woodbury, received an appointment to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The senior class president of Holy Angels, Kariuki has participated in campus ministry, theater productions, football and speech teams, and the Brooklyn Park-based nonprofit BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture Summer Program, which prepares students for business, career, and financial skills. on experience.
Kariuki earned three of the four religious emblems offered by NCCS, which recognizes Scouts’ growth in their faith. An altar server and reader in his church and school, he has also served as an usher, youth group leader, religious education teacher, and children’s liturgy reader. Kariuki also volunteers with the Nativity and St. Bonaventure Youth Group in Bloomington, organizing faith-based events for middle schoolers.
In Scouting, Kariuki has served as a Troop Scribe, Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader, and staff member with National Youth Leadership Training. For his Eagle Scout project, Kariuki planned and executed the redesign of a classroom used by his parish’s religious education preschool program.
A top 20 student in his class at St. Thomas Academy, Korf has participated in Model UN, Boys State, music and foreign language club, Nordic skiing and baseball, and served as team captain of varsity teams. cross-country and swimming. His community involvement has included volunteering for Junior Achievement, as a program facilitator with inner-city youth for Minneapolis-based Pab’s Pack, which fills and distributes backpacks to chronically ill children, and Feed My Starving Children, based in Coon Rapids, which sends volunteers. packaged meals to children in need around the world. Korf also served as an altar server, usher, youth group member, and vacation Bible school teacher.
In scouting, his service ranged from troop chaplain to deputy senior patrol leader, team leader at Florida Seabase and Northern Tier High Adventure. He obtained the four religious emblems of the NCCS.
For his Eagle Scout project, Korf built a raised garden bed with a fence at St. Ambrose School to support his STEM program and help children with ADHD through horticultural therapy. Products from the garden are used in the school cafeteria and flowers from the garden adorn the altar during mass.
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