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Alayna Nelson, a sophomore at Wichita Northwest High School, grew up hearing stories of repeated mass shootings on the news.

“Every single time this happened I always wanted to do something about it,” Nelson said.

Now, Nelson and other students in her generation are taking action against gun violence.

Three Wichita-area high school students were awarded college scholarships Tuesday because of the amount of time they spent volunteering at non-profit organizations.

First place winner Saajan Bhakta of Wichita Northwest High School received a $1,000 scholarship and has logged more than 900 volunteer hours since 2008.

The United Way’s Dwane L. Wallace Youth Venture Grant Committee, made up of high school students, selected the scholarship winners.