Sawyer Scheitler is a young man that takes the meaning of giving back to an entirely other level. Throughout Sawyer\u2019s life, education and service have gone hand in hand.\u00a0 From his many service trips abroad to setting his sights on a future helping others, this Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory\u00a0student embodies the college preparatory school\u2019s core values of developing leaders and of using one\u2019s talents to promote justice and the greater good. Now, as he looks towards college and a future in medicine, this Zionsville, Indiana native has the potential and an innate desire to use the opportunities and skills he has been afforded to help \u201cmak society a better place\u201d and \u201cdo everything in power to make others\u2019 lives better.\u201d Setting the Foundation Growing up, Sawyer\u2019s work ethic and desire to help out his fellow man drew his interests to medicine.\u00a0 Those interests were fostered at a young age thanks to Sawyer\u2019s personal talents and exceptional academic performance.\u00a0 In 8th grade, Sawyer became one of only 52 nationwide recipients of a scholarship from the Jack Cooke Kent Foundation.\u00a0 The Foundation provides one of the nation\u2019s largest scholarships and is committed to assisting students of exceptional talents but limited means. Through the Foundation\u2019s Young Scholars Program, Sawyer was able to participate in hands on programs giving back to those less fortunate in countries such as Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, Africa, and Haiti.\u00a0 Sawyer\u2019s favorite experiences among these visits paints a picture of a young man with a capacity for generosity and commitment to service, well beyond his years. Sawyer was particularly impacted by his time spent teaching English at a primary school in Tanzania and his trip to Haiti where he was able to work with doctors who brought much needed medical care to people in remote areas.\u00a0 It was the latter that would ultimately inspire and guide him to pursue an education that would one day prepare him for a career in medicine. A Major Life Choice In addition to travel and community service, the Jack Cooke Kent Foundation scholarship also provided Sawyer the financial means to make the difficult decision to attend a private high school.\u00a0 While this choice meant leaving the familiar friends and community he\u2019d grown used to, Brebeuf has opened Sawyer\u2019s eyes and heart to the opportunity to serve at a higher level. In Sawyer\u2019s own words, \u201cfrom the beginning, knew had landed at a wonderful place.\u201d\u00a0 Sawyer views his education and experience at Brebeuf as his \u201csaving grace\u201d and credits the school for helping him become the person he was \u201ctruly meant to be. Brebeuf has also further aided Sawyer\u2019s passion for service and for helping others and has enriched his academic career while allowing this talented youth to pursue subjects he loves such as biology, anatomy and psychology.\u00a0 In addition, Sawyer has been able to attend pre-college programs at both Yale and Harvard, paving the way for an exceptional college career. Funding Higher Education Once Sawyer chose a career path in medicine, there was no looking back.\u00a0 The personal academic and college counselor available through the Young Scholars Program helped the star pupil narrow down his college options, finally deciding on Northwestern University in Illinois as the top choice for pre-med studies.\u00a0 Thanks to the prestigious and highly competitive QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship, Sawyer will be attending with all four years\u2019 tuition, room and board covered. His exceptional academic abilities and travels helping others have helped Sawyer earn a variety of scholarships to fund his goals.\u00a0 The list of impressive accomplishments to date include: \tELK\u2019s National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship (Indiana) \tQuestBridge National College Match Scholar \tJack Kent Cooke Young Scholar \tJack Kent Cooke College Scholarship \tBrebeuf Compton Family Endowed Scholarship \tSagamore Institute Scholarship \u2013 Brebeuf Jesuit More than Just a Career While his educational and service achievements are certainly impressive, for Sawyer, it is all a means to an end.\u00a0 Giving back has been a constant theme to this remarkable student\u2019s life and extracurricular activities and his time at Brebeuf has certainly encouraged and built upon his fundamental personality traits and compassionate character. Sawyer credits Brebeuf for encouraging his passions and setting an example of servitude.\u00a0 He also praises the school for fostering an atmosphere of \u201clove and respect for the students, unlike any school in the country.\u201d\u00a0 Brebeuf is well known for producing exceptional leaders and Sawyer plans to follow in the footsteps of the graduates that have come before him. As this exceptional student puts it (more eloquently than we ever could) Sawyer plans to \u201cmake proud of the man I plan to become and the foundation Brebeuf has given me will be the true testimony of their mission.\u201d If Sawyer is half as successful in this mission as he has been in his life endeavors to date, we have no doubt he\u2019ll achieve his goal and more, making an impact on the community and making the world a better place through his service in the process.