AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - An Auburn University student from Alabama is being rewarded on the national level for her commitment to serving others.
In June Madison Haney will be presented with the Congressional Award Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., the highest honor Congress can bestow upon a youth civilian.
She is among 372 others from across the country but is the only recipient from Alabama.
The Auburn University pre-business major says she developed a passion for helping others while volunteering at a food pantry at the age of 10.
Since then she has spearheaded a number of service projects to benefit disadvantaged children and has been part of several non-profits.
To earn the Congressional Award Gold Medal Haney was nominated after spending 61 days traveling to 12 countries as a U.S. Student Ambassador through People to People International.
Not only did she log several hundred voluntary public service and exploration hours, but she also invested in her personal development and health and wellness.
Although Haney is a pre-business major she's also working to secure pilot's license.
She hopes to be able to use that as a way to serve others.