Nathan Cottrell of the Homer Central School District was selected to receive the 2016 Richard Shay Human Services Award.
The award, presented Friday, includes a $1,000 scholarship.
It was created in 2001 by the Family Counseling Services Board of Directors in honor of FCS founder and former Cortland County Family Court Judge Richard Shay.
FCS says Cottrell exemplifies the characteristics of Judge Shay through his dedication to school and community, recognition of the importance of family, and his commitment to volunteer leadership.
Throughout high school, Cottrell was actively involved in sports, National Honor Society, and other clubs and school programs.
He also volunteers at his church and coaches in the summer youth lacrosse program.
Homer Social Studies teacher Joe Cortese told FCS that “Nate is utterly fearless when it comes to interacting with others. He’s the most natural leader I’ve seen in a long, long while over my 24 teaching years.”
Cottrell will attend Montclair State University for Family and Child Studies.
The award announcement says he plans a career in elementary education.
Each year the award is presented by FCS to a graduating Cortland County high school senior who will attend college starting in the upcoming fall.