Young Humanitarian Award

Thanks to our sponsors and donors, we are able to give out $22,000 in scholarships to service oriented High School and College students

Apply Now!

If you are a service minded student, make sure you apply so you can be rewarded for your work!

Meet Past Winners

Meet our past winners and see what they are up to!

Recommendation Form

Form that gives your recommender information about the award.

How it's all possible

Though our society recognizes young people for their accomplishments in sports and academics, the Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award celebrates outstanding humanitarian service among youth, generously sponsored by the George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. Youthlinc has organized this annual statewide search since 2005.  Due to the generosity of the Michel Foundation, the Robert D. Kent Jr Trust, the Low Family Foundation, and the University Union Student Leadership Scholarship fund we have increased the amount of each scholarship award.
One outstanding high school student and one outstanding college student will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship. One high school student and one college student will each receive a $3,000 college scholarship. Three high school students and three college students will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship for a total of $22,000 in scholarship awards to students who are working to make a difference wherever and however they can.

A. Ray Olpin Partnership

Thanks to our generous partnership with the A. Ray Olpin University Union Building, any student committed to attending the University of Utah will receive a scholarship from the Union Student Leader Scholarship Fund.
View the videos below to hear how our past winners have benefited from this partnership!

Effects of Service

Here at Youthlinc we know that service can have a major and lasting impact on youth. It can shape the way we see the world and direct us on our future pursuits. We knew that we weren’t the only ones that felt this way. Since the start of this award in 2005 we have heard from some of the brightest young minds of our generations.
Here are a few examples:
“service is made meaningful through shy smiles, the windows that are opened when all the doors seem locked. These smiles give me a sense of higher purpose, and push me along my path to growth.”
     – Jessica Ivie, Junior at Utah State University
      (2019 College Finalist)
“as long as there is suffering, there is something I can do.”
     – Taelor Gass, Senior at Piute High School (2018 Runner-Up)
“My service has taught me that every person has their own story, their own strengths and how important it is to recognize and capitalize on those strengths. As a humanitarian, I will strive to act compassionately, purposefully, and thoughtfully in my future as a professional and as an individual.” 
     -Madi Sudweeks, Junior at University of Utah (2019 College Runner Up)
Before college, I never imagined that I could incorporate service or humanitarian work into my professional path in addition to my personal life. However, now that I have held student leadership positions and have become more culturally and actively engaged, I can’t imagine my career not involving some aspect of humanitarian work.”
     – Paige Remington, Junior at University of Utah (2019 College Finalist) 
“I’ve decided it’s my responsibility to not only help those in need, but to work to prevent the issues leading their circumstances in the first place.”
     – Tia Smart, Senior at Skyline High School (2018 Finalist)