Kiran Sridhar of Woodside, a senior at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, will receive a scholarship in the name of Anne Frank, the youthful and idealistic Dutch diarist and victim of the Holocaust.
The award recognizes Kiran's academic and leadership skills and his determination, ideals and courage to fight for tolerance, according to the Anne Frank Center USA in New York City.
The center and Amsterdam-based ING Financial Services named Kiran as the recipient of the $5,000 scholarship award on June 15 in New York. The scholarship is one of five Spirit of Anne Frank Awards given annually "to honor Anne Frank's effort to improve the world," the center says.
Like Anne Frank, Kiran "wanted to change the world from an early age," the center says. At age 12, he founded Waste No Food, a nonprofit that connects food providers, including farms, restaurants, cafeterias and grocery stores, to charitable organizations that feed the hungry.
Kiran, who volunteered with a free-meals program, was quoted in the center's press release: "I found out that hunger is not a problem of food production -- the U.S. produces five times more food than it needs to feed its population -- but of food distribution. Nationally we throw away forty percent of our food. By volume, that is enough to fill the Rose Bowl every day."