Announcing the 2013 Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Scholarship!  

Youthlinc is excited to begin the search for the exceptional young person who will be called the 2013 Utah Young Humanitarian.  Youthlinc has organized this annual state-wide search since 2005.  The top applicants are chosen by a panel of community leaders in education, service, business, religion and politics.  Utah’s Young Humanitarian receives a $5,000 college scholarship, announced at our Annual Benefit, Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. There are three $1,000 runner-up awards

We are grateful to the George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation for sponsoring this Award.

You can find the application and guidelines for the scholarship on the Youthlinc website and click on Apply. Or you can follow this link – Apply now! (Participation in a Youthlinc program is NOT a requirement to apply.  Everyone is encouraged to apply!)

Will you be the 2013 Utah Young Humanitarian? Take a look at last year’s winners to see how they served their communities. 

Lisa Moynihan – 2012 Utah Young Humanitarian Winner
Lisa, a University of Utah student working on a BA in History and an Honors Certificate, was awarded the $5,000 scholarship for being chosen as Utah’s Young Humanitarian in 2012.  Lisa was the Intern for Youthlinc’s Real Life in Salt Lake City program which is a mentoring program for refugees teens.  She was also a member of the Youthlinc 2012 Peru Team traveling to Yanamono, Peru.  Lisa has been devoted to service from a young age, planning and helping with multiple school service projects in high school including organizing a school wide food drive for the Utah Food Bank in 2008. She has been a College Buddy for the Best Buddies Program which fosters friendships between students and young adults with intellectual disabilities. She also participated as a mentor in the International Rescue Committee’s Youth program for two years. In 2010 she was a member of the Youthlinc Kenya team. In that year she logged over 100 local service hours before her trip to Kiamuri, Kenya.

McKenzie Weeks – finalist

 McKenzie organized a yearlong project called “Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed Mission” where the group found ordinary ways to make extraordinary differences in the lives of others.  She recognizes that often times some of the most meaningful service opportunities come as people are just going about their daily lives.  Serving is a big part of her life and has taught her how to sincerely care about the circumstances of others.  She has learned that she can always make a difference in the life of a friend, family member, leader, teacher, acquaintance, and even a stranger. 

James Baird – finalist
In 2005 James co-founded Youth Making A Difference (YMAD) and helped take 20 high school students to Northern India to work with four different orphanages. James served as a full time missionary for the LDS Church in Richmond Virginia from 2007-2009. In August 2009 he moved to Kulu India for four months and opened The Home for Peace, YMAD’s first orphanage. While there, he moved seven children into the facility, enrolled them in school, taught English, and helped build a sustainable curriculum for the orphanage. James is still very involved with YMAD and serves as an active member of the board of directors and as Country Director for summer college expeditions. 

Whitney Smith – finalist

Whitney has always enjoyed serving others and has found numerous ways to include it in her life. She raised funds to serve in El Salvador where she promoted healthy living, nutrition, and dance therapy lessons for troubled youth and orphans.  This led her to continue her service for the next few years in the Fijian Islands, Russia and Uganda. In her endeavor to fight poverty, she has found opportunities to serve locally. Last year she worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer promoting healthy living to low-income families and currently mentors African women refugees with the Salt Lake City Chapter of the International Refugee Committee. With her desire to continue living altruistically, she has since returned to school for a second bachelors degree to study nursing at the University of Utah. With a background in health, she plans to continue advocating for the less fortunate while finding opportunities to improve health education.

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