United Way Awards Varsity Letters for Community Service

United Way Awards Varsity Letters for Community Service

Bhuvna Murthy awarded a $1,000 scholarship


ANN ARBOR, MI (June 13, 2019) - United Way of Washtenaw County awarded 30 local students with a varsity letter from their local high school in recognition of outstanding community service during the school year at an awards ceremony held on June 6, 2019. This year’s group totaled a record of 6,634 volunteer hours donated back into the community.

The Varsity Letter in Community Service recognizes high school students for their outstanding volunteer work during the year by presenting them with a high school specific varsity letter in community service. Students participating in the program complete 145 hours of volunteer work and their hours are verified by the Labor Participation Committee.

Each year one participating senior is selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship by the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation. This year Bhuvna Murthy was selected for her outstanding community volunteer contributions.


“Thank you again for the scholarship and for four years of wonderful receptions for the varsity letter. I will miss it and will come back often to volunteer” said Murthy. In the fall, Murthy will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Other students earning their varsity letter include:

Harshini Anand

Elizabeth Blackwell

Georgie Branch

Samantha Brown

Evelyn Carroll

Emma Chen

Sanjith Dandamudi

Will Ellsworth

Eva Erhardt

Jack Finnegan

Anisha Fujii

Megan Gauger

Sriram Garapati

Annika Jaglan

Kash Keehl

Thomas Kennings

Lauren Kim

Euna Lee

Yashwanth Manne

Lisa Mathew

Bhuvna Murthy

Neha Navathe

Akshith Pulgam

Kennia Ruiz-Trego

Serena Smith

Siri Vangavolu

Jane Vaillant

Ashish Venumuddula

Manish Venumuddula

Andrew Yang

“Our next generation of leaders are emerging and developing their skills through volunteering,” shared Pam Smith, United Way President. “United Way is excited to support their development and recognize their achievement through our varsity letter program.”


Ian Robinson, Huron Valley Area Labor Federation President, Nancy Heine, AFSCME 3052 (Washtenaw County) and James Pedersen, UAW Retired Representative were on hand to recognize the students.


The Organized Labor partnership with United Way began in 1946 and the objective is to effect positive change in our communities. It places emphasis on community service through volunteerism, education, information/referral, and support of United Way through employer based giving campaigns and contributions from local unions and their staff. 



As part of our 98-year history, United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, organizations, and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. We focus on Health, Education and Financial Stability, the building blocks for a good quality of life, to strengthen the community and create opportunities for individuals and families. Our Volunteer Center provides an easy online way for people to connect with nonprofits and our 2-1-1 helpline refers more than 8,000 people annually to critically needed services. To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit uwgive.org.