We are pleased to announce the beginning of our search for the 2015 Youthlinc Young Humanitarian Award offering a $5,000 scholarship to a Utah high school junior or senior, or undergraduate college student, who most excels at giving back to the community. There is one $3,000 runner-up award and three $1,000 runner-up awards.

“Most of the applicants for the Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award don’t think they are worthy of the Award,” says Judy Zone, Youthlinc Executive Director. “They often need a parent, teacher, or service supervisor to encourage them to apply.”

Last year’s winner, Madison Palmer, received the Award as a senior at Cottonwood High School. After learning that 100,000 American children are forced into sex trafficking each year, she was determined to do something. She started educating herself, and started a school chapter of Backyard Broadcast–a nation-wide youth movement to combat child slavery.

Over the last ten 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 their time mentoring youth, working with refugees and the homeless, fighting for social equality, or simply spreading small acts of kindness.

“We are looking for applicants with leadership experience, who have collaborated with others to accomplish meaningful hands-on service,” says Jerika Mays, Youthlinc Local Service Director. “It is good to volunteer here and there, but we want to see consistent service efforts on behalf of genuinely needy individuals or communities.”

Deadline for Award Applications: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We would like to thank the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation for sponsoring this award. We are proud to offer an additional $3,000 runner-up award thanks to the Robert D. Kent Jr. Trust.

For more information, visit our website www.youthlinc.org and click on Young Humanitarian Award or contact Jerika Mays, Youthlinc Local Service Director jerika@youthlinc.org or 801-467-4417.