$5,000 col­lege schol­ar­ship for young hu­man­i­tar­i­ans

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Are you a young per­son who vol­un­teers? A $5,000 col­lege schol­ar­ship could be the recog­ni­tion you de­serve for your ef­forts to give back to your com­mu­nity.

“Most of the ap­pli­cants for the Youth­linc Utah Young Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award don’t think they are wor­thy of the award,” said 2014 Utah Young Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award win­ner Madi­son Palmer. “They of­ten need a teacher or a ser­vice su­per­vi­sor to en­cour­age them to ap­ply.”

Madi­son re­ceived the award as a se­nior at Cot­ton­wood High School. Af­ter learn­ing that ev­ery year 100,000 Amer­i­can chil­dren are forced into sex traf­fick­ing, she was de­ter­mined to do some­thing. She started ed­u­cat­ing her­self and started a school chap­ter of Back­yard Broad­cast, a na­tion­wide youth move­ment to com­bat child slav­ery.

Over the last 10 years, there have been nearly 700 stu­dent ap­pli­cants for the award. Each young per­son has had a unique area of fo­cus in help­ing oth­ers. Past win­ners of the award have vol­un­teered men­tor­ing youth, worked with refugees and the home­less, fought for so­cial equal­ity or sim­ply spread small acts of kind­ness.

2015 ap­pli­ca­tions for this $5,000 col­lege schol­ar­ship are now available on the Youth­linc web­site at www.youth­linc.org. Ap­pli­ca­tions are due March 18. There is one $3,000 run­ner-up award and three $1,000 run­ner-up awards.

The award pro­gram, which is in its 10th year, is open to all high school ju­nior and se­niors and un­der­grad­u­ate col­lege stu­dents in Utah who are U.S. ci­ti­zens or le­gal res­i­dents. Fund­ing is pro­vided by the Ge­orge S. and Dolores Doré Ec­cles Foun­da­tion.

Youth­linc Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Judy Zone says the idea for this award – the state’s largest ser­vice schol­ar­ship – arose from the Youth­linc Ser­vice Year, in which over 2,000 Utah stu­dents have con­trib­uted more than 150,000 hours of lo­cal ser­vice. “In the past 16 years, we’ve seen young peo­ple pass through our pro­gram and be­come en­thu­si­as­tic about ser­vice. So we have known for a long time that youth are will­ing to pitch in if given an op­por­tu­nity and the in­spi­ra­tion to serve oth­ers,” Zone said. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.youth­linc.org or con­tact Jerika Mays, Youth­linc Lo­cal Ser­vice Di­rec­tor, at jerika@youth­linc.org or 801-467-4417.

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