Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's never too early to give a helping hand in your community and Thursday night, 30 high school seniors were honored for all of their hard work.
High school students from around the Southern Tier were awarded $1,000 scholarships toward the college of their choice in New York.
State Senator Thomas Libous started the Student Community Service Awards 15 years ago to honor students making a difference.
"Things are tough, people are out of work, we are trying to rebound and get things back in order," Libous said. "You got these great young kids who are willing to volunteer."
The students volunteer in many different areas of the community from nursing homes, to firehouses, to local church groups.
"I would have been happy with whoever got it from my school because there was a lot of deserving students in my class," said Bailey Tryon from Waverly, one of the scholarship winners.
Tryon said she hopes the awards will inspire younger students to get involved as well.
"It's important to have a connection with the younger students and get them involved because they are our future," Tryon said.
Tyler Hatch won the award for volunteering with the Deposit Fire Department.
"Since I've joined I've gotten six to seven kids in the local high school to join the local fire department and they love it," Hatch said.
The student community service awards are sponsored by Senator Libous, Broome-Tioga BOCES and WBNG-TV.