The Power of Paying it Forward: The Arlington Street Foundation Scholarship
By: Frank Lonardelli
Published: May 11, 2016
Almost 30 years ago, when I walked across the stage at Gordon Bell High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, I received several awards and university scholarships — all related to sports — and an empty envelope that should have contained my high school diploma. The day after, I found myself sitting at my desk, trying to determine what I wanted my life to look like. I wrote a single goal on a piece of paper:
“I want my life to be noteworthy.”
At the time, I thought achieving that goal could be done through excelling at sports and business. I now know that living a noteworthy life requires more than just those simple definitions of success; it requires giving back and paying it forward.
I started the Arlington Street Foundation Scholarship (ASFS) to give back to the place that gave me the tools I needed to succeed, and to give future Gordon Bell graduates the tools they need to overcome adversity and create their own noteworthy lives. Watch the short video below to learn how ASFS is helping its recipients achieve their goals.