H&R Block scholarship program supports high school students who are community change-makers

May 18, 2021 : H&R Block

$150,000 awarded to 15 high school seniors who worked to Make Every Block Better

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Fifteen high-achieving high school students from across the country will each receive a $10,000 scholarship as the 2021 winners of H&R Block’s the Children of Associates Premier Scholarship (CAPS) program. The students represent scholars, student government leaders, scientists and engineers, as well as artists and musicians. Beyond their academics, they have dedicated themselves to making their communities better in innovative ways and pursuing projects that bring people together.

“It’s rewarding to be able to recognize 15 incredible, young change-agents and leaders who are making their blocks better across the country,” said Jeff Jones, H&R Block president and CEO. “This year’s recipients demonstrated an entrepreneurial approach towards improving their communities in ways that align with H&R Block’s purpose to provide help and inspire confidence in clients and communities everywhere.”

As part of H&R Block’s Make Every Block Better community impact platform, CAPS scholarship applicants are asked to share how they give back and address unmet needs in their communities. All 15 of the scholarship recipients were selected because of their willingness and ability to drive change, connect people, and create impact in their communities.

H&R Block has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships over the past 10 years to high school students. Applications for the 2022 CAPS program will open in the fall of 2021. 

This year’s winners and their H&R Block relatives, include:

  • Kyle Cheng (grandfather Alfred Cheng) of Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Eva De La Llave (mother Patricia Rosas) of Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Khulan Erdenedalai (mother Battsetseg Ganbat) of Arlington, Va.
  • Taylor Goodly (grandmother Winderfert Dean) of Savannah, Ga.
  • Bridger Gouchenour (mother Andrea Gouchenour) of Conrad, Mont.
  • Camryn Houston (grandmother Jacqueline Platt) of Twinsburg, Ohio
  • Shaun Karakkattu (father Thomas Chacko) of Mesa, Ariz.
  • Lavanya Maruthapandian (father Marutha Pandian Muthu Kamatchi) of Dublin, Calif.
  • Damian Richter (grandmother Eva Richter) of Coconut Creek, Fla.
  • Cody Schiffman (grandmother Lavern Soderstrom) of Bloomingdale, N.J.
  • Madeline Streicher (mother Lisa Streicher) of Edgewood, Iowa
  • Raghav Suryanarayanan (mother Jayashree Suryanarayanan) of Belchertown, Mass.
  • Samantha Szanti (grandmother Nancy Hobson) of Brownsburg, Ind.
  • Nina Anne Trousdale (mother Sushma Trousdale) of Edison, N.J.
  • Emilie Tueting (mother Sara Tueting) of Afton, Va.

Learn more about this years’ winners and how they’ve made their blocks better and strengthened community connections by bringing people together.

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