For those who go above and beyond

The Community Service Merit Award was the idea of Louise Rutland in 2003, a time when several negative issues involving teenagers at The Landings were highly publicized. Louise, the mother of two girls, wanted those children who live at The Landings who were good role models to be recognized and honored. To that end she proposed that Landlovers award high school seniors for their community service participation. First named the “Community Service Scholarship”, the name was changed in 2005 to “The Community Service Merit Award”. The awards recognize students who go “above and beyond” in giving time and talent through community service. Commitment, creativity, leadership, and total time dedicated determine the winners.

In past years, award amounts have ranged from $300-$5,000 (to be used toward college expenses) and are supported by Landlovers fundraisers.  Award categories are High Merit and Merit.  To qualify, students must be Landings residents, be in their last year of high school with graduation anticipated this year and plan to attend higher education full time next fall.

Please click below for the 6 page application which must be postmarked by January 15, 2020:


Landings Landlovers Announces 2019 Winners Of Community Service Merit Awards

This year, Landlovers was pleased to be able to provide $30,688 in scholarship funds, $93,011 in grants, $11,000 in Community Service Merit Awards, and $2,400 to our local churches and the Salvation Army for their support during the Flea Market. The total of Landlovers’ philanthropy for 2018-2019 was $137,099.

Many thanks to all of you who donated your time and talent by chairing, co-chairing, and volunteering to work on our fundraisers throughout the year. It is only with your ongoing efforts and support that Landlovers can succeed. You all contribute to helping Landlovers “Enrich the Community We Love”!

Community Service Merit Awards

The Community Service Merit Awards recognize high school seniors who are residents of The Landings and have excelled in contributing their time and talent through community service. Commitment, creativity, leadership and total time dedicated determine the winners of this award. This year’s recipients are:

Ally Best is an outstanding young lady who is committed to her school, her community, and others. She has continued the work of UTime, an organization of teen volunteers that provides childcare for special needs children started by 2018 Merit Award winner, Lilyanne Glass. Ally is serving as President this year and has devoted more than 110 hours to this special service. She also volunteers for A Stitch in Time, sewing clothing, school bags and other items for children; she’s a Sunday school volunteer; and she works at Blessingdales Thrift Shop. An Excellence Honors student at St. Vincent Academy, maintaining A’s in all classes, she is also an art camp instructor, art magazine editor, an artist, and a track star. Ally’s work has been featured in Armstrong and SCAD art exhibits, been auctioned at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser, and received honorable mention in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2018. Ally has been accepted at John Hopkins University and intends to focus on Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Madison Hudgins is a born performer with talents in both acting and music. Her community involvement has included multiple performances at her school, Savannah Arts Academy, as well as the Southern Invitational High School Choral Competition, the Arts on Skidaway Concert Series, Georgia Thespian All-State Conference, United Methodist Church Adult Choir, and the Iceland Music Festival. Plus, Madison has sung the National Anthem at more than 30 local events, including The Landings July 4th Celebration and a Savannah Bananas game. A very active and committed Girl Scout, she has earned her Silver Award and is working toward her Gold Award. After careful consideration with the acceptances from nineteen schools, campus visits, observation of classes, Madison has been accepted into the honors program at the University of Northern Colorado where she will work toward a BA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Dance and a Certificate in Business.

Described as “an excellent example to both young and adult members of our church of what it means to be a team player,” St. Vincent Academy student Kathryn Ollenburg gives of her time and talent in service in a variety of ways. She has been an altar server for St. James Church since she was ten and is now also a member of the choir. In addition, she is a member of the St. Vincent’s Choir and volunteers for Days for Girls. She is on the St. Vincent’s rifle team and takes Kung Fu and Katana. She works summers at Gulfstream, where she has held a variety of responsibilities. Kathryn will attend Georgia Institute of Technology to study Mechanical Engineering.

An award-winning artist, graphic designer and student of The Habersham School, Elizabeth Reed co-created and designed the school arts and literary journal; volunteered and won awards in the Savannah Art Association shows; created t-shirts for her school and several fundraisers; and lent her talents backstage for the Drama Department. In addition, she has volunteered for the Special Olympics, The Sunshine Girls, and the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium. Her other commitments include volleyball, Habersham School house leadership, The H Magazine, and the Compassion Christian Church youth group. Plus, she has established her own business designing and creating stickers and hand-painted signs that sell on Etsy and in 49 states across the country. Elizabeth’s dream is to attend Montana State University’s graphic design program.

Jenna Rehman has dedicated her free time to serving the community in a variety of ways that make her stand out among her peers. Co-captain of the Savannah Country Day School varsity swim team, member of the Students Celebrating Diversity Club, Student Ambassador, Editor and Contributor for the school art and literature magazine, and Senior Representative for the Student Council, she has volunteered with Horizons, Tutoring Across Borders, People of Action Caring for Kids, and Camp Wildflower. Jenna was also part of a Country Day group that traveled to Ecuador for ten days to learn about biodiversity and to set up the computers in a local school. Jenna will attend Virginia Tech for her undergraduate work, intending to focus on Biology and Family Medicine.

Emma West is active in her community and school, Savannah Country Day. She co-headed a team in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraising competition, raising over $16,000. She volunteers for Tech Time; she has worked with Horizons each summer; she helped organize the Save-a-Life volleyball tournament; and she is dedicated to her school’s hosting of the Special Olympics. She also finds time to participate in varsity basketball and cross country, captain the basketball and soccer teams, and serve as Secretary of the Student Government, Upper-School Ambassador, Senior Mentor, and Lower School tutor. Next fall Emma will attend Tulane University with the intent of majoring in English.