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Ithaca College Student Awarded Scholarship for Community Commitment

 ITHACA, NY — An Ithaca College freshman has been recognized by Citizens Bank for her commitment to making a difference in her community. Makenzie Holmsborg was one of four second-prize winners of a TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

Citizens Bank created the college scholarship program as a way to reward students for their volunteer efforts. The winners were chosen based on the responsibility and leadership skills they have demonstrated through community service.

“We want to congratulate Makenzie, who has shown an incredible dedication to the quality of life for others, and we commend her for the impact she has as a volunteer,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank president and CEO for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

An occupational science/occupational therapy major from Annandale, New Jersey, Holmsborg graduated from North Hunterdon High School. She volunteers with children who have special needs.

“While researching ideas for my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I identified a deficit in my town: programs for children with special needs,” said Holmsborg. “I decided to marry my two loves together, working with children with special needs and my voracious love of crafting."

As a seventh grader, Holmsborg founded Krafty Kidz, a day camp in which she taught children the fine art of crafting and sewing during the summer and other school breaks. She is currently a member of Ithaca College for Invisible Children, a chapter of the organization dedicated to creating awareness about child soldiers and helping rebuild communities devastated by war in Uganda and the Congo.

For more information on the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program, visit