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Solar Volunteer of the Year Award


The Solar Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes and honors a champion who exemplifies the Solar Six through outstanding volunteer service.


Volunteer Attributes

Volunteer exhibits the Solar Six model through a contribution of their time, skills and resources toward the Solar Schools and Scholars.



Impact Scholars lives through necessity, education and emotional support, advocacy on behalf of all Scholars, and social engagement.



Recognition of alignment through attributes and impact to Scholar lives. Recipient shall receive a certificate noting their achievement.

Board member contribution of a monetary gift to the Scholar Impact Fund (formerly COVID fund) in recipient honor.


  •      Nomination form completed and emailed to
    Executive Committee by the March 31, 2023. Form may be completed by the board member, parent organization member, school staff or administration.
  •       Executive Committee to review nomination and references.
  •      Executive Committee to narrow the nominee and
    present to the Board for a vote at the April Board Meeting.
  •      Board to announce Solar Volunteer of the Year
    Award no later than May 26, 2023. 

VOTY 2021
Congratulations Amber Grand

From the moment she began volunteering at Solar, Amber’s impact has been transformative. Through Amber’s leadership the seeds of giving to Solar Scholars began at the girls’ school through PTO, SBDM, and Solar Cares which evolved into a huge program for food assistance, COVID relief, book character day costumes adn Santa’s giving. Though Amber’s children no longer attend Solar, Amber continues the mission she began years ago to support the whole child through meeting their daily necessities. 

Partnering with Solar boys’ parent, Meghan Griffith, Amber’s leadership, grit, empathy and humility reached new heights when the 2020 food assistance program impacted over 70 Solar families for over 10 months. Through their steadfast giving and goal for an inclusive and equitable pantry where families can shop for their needs on a weekly basis, the Solar Peace Pantry was established.


Amber exemplifies the Solar Six each day as she champions Scholars and their families through providing necessities, emotional support and social engagement. She has earned the trust and respect of families in need and taught us all how to continually give with deeper compassion.

Friends of Solar Prep Updates!


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Friends of Solar Prep Awarded $110,000 from Lyda Hill

Solar Preparatory School for Girls needs additional outdoor play space to accommodate all of the girls. Friends of Solar Prep (FOSP) applied for an opportunity to pitch Lyda Hill for a $100,000 grant to build a new playground and surrounding security fence to provide enough equipment and space for all the girls to participate in outdoor free play. The playground and associated green space would provide 4,575 additional square feet of play area.

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