D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, awards University of Houston student for her work with children, COVID-19 healthcare workers, and youth affected by the opioid epidemic.
HOUSTON, TX, May 06, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, is excited to announce Gabrielle Kostecki as our 2020 Community Superhero Scholarship winner.
Kostecki is a student at the University of Houston currently studying mathematical biology with hopes of pursuing a minor in Spanish for health professions. Originally from Humble, Texas, Kostecki found a passion for working with children while serving on the Junior Council at Texas Children’s Hospital where she planned holiday parties for patients.
“To me, being a superhero meant that I palpably cared for the spirits of these patients by serving them in compassion,” she wrote in her award-winning essay.
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, recognized Kostecki’s altruistic spirit in her essay. She describes her work with Graced Ministry as very rewarding. Through her work, she helped create over 2,500 face masks and kits for Texas health care workers treating COVID-19 patients. She also discussed her aspirations to help children affected by their mother’s addiction to opioid drugs.
Attorney Darren A. Miller and Mari Balentina surprise winner in “final” interview
Attorney Darren A. Miller and Marketing Director Mari Balentina posted a Facebook Live video on April 28, 2021, featuring the “final interview” with Kostecki. The interview served as a build-up to announcing Kostecki as the confirmed winner of the scholarship contest.
During the interview, Kostecki answered questions about her passion for helping others, particularly children in lower-income families and families affected by drug addiction. Currently, she serves as a project head in the community program Creative Care, which serves people in the Third Ward.
“I really want to make a difference in the lives of children impacted by addiction. Everything I’m doing now is going to lead to that goal,” said Kostecki. “I really love to invest in people.”
Attorney Miller and Balentina also related to Kosetecki’s passion for helping people affected by the opioid epidemic, referencing the law firm’s effort to fight for pharmaceutical drug victims’ financial recovery.
The interview is posted to the firm’s Facebook page.
About the 2020 Community Superhero Scholarship
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, created the Community Superhero Scholarship to award students for their volunteer work and community service.
“Every year, we give a scholarship out to our youth, which is our future of tomorrow,” explained Balentina in the Facebook Live video. “The ones that make a difference, the ones that are out there fighting the battle, the ones that are using those experiences and allowing it to pivot their life, making them a better person,” she continued.
Eligible applicants must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college or university, have at least a 3.0 GPA, send an unofficial transcript, and submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay demonstrating how they help others in their community, making them a local “superhero”.
“It’s just something that’s really important. It’s impactful. It’s getting out there and helping others, helping the community, and making a difference,” said Attorney Miller. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Learn more about the Community Superhero Scholarship on the firm’s website.
About D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, is a personal injury law firm based in Houston, Texas, dedicated to serving people in their community. The firm represents clients in various civil cases including sexual abuse, product liability, pharmaceuticals, and wrongful death.
For more information about the law firm, call (713) 850-8600.
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