Youth Scholarship Awards

The Austin Area Heritage Council is requesting nominations for the MLK Youth Scholarship Awards. The awards are part of Austin’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration.

The MLK Youth Scholarship Awards were created to recognize youth in the Austin community for their outstanding commitment and achievement, as well as inspire the next generation.

The award recipients will receive a $1000 scholarship courtesy of the Applied Materials Foundation and The Seton Family of Hospitals.

DECEMBER 11TH was the deadline for the nominations to be received.

Nominee transcript/report card should have been submitted by the application deadline. Please email any questions or concerns to youthlegacyawards@gmail.com

These awards are open to all students regardless of race or ethnicity. Nominees from all backgrounds are welcomed and strongly encouraged. Our purpose for this award is to recognize youth “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Nominees must be a junior or senior in high school and no older than nineteen (19) on January 1, 2014. Nominated youth must also reside in the Greater Austin metropolitan area.

The  MLK Youth Scholarship Awards awards will be presented at the MLK Youth Scholarship Awards Program scheduled for 3pm-5pm, Saturday, January 18, 2014, Austin Community College, 3401 Webberville Road, Building 8000, Multipurpose Room, Austin, TX 78702.

All of the nominees are invited to lead the MLK Community March 9am Monday, January 20, 2014 starting at the MLK statue on the University of Texas campus, 23rd Street & Speedway.

This application may be located on website www.mlkcelebration.com and distributed to colleagues and friends.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

  • Nominees for the MLK Youth Scholarship Awards must be a junior or senior in high school and no older than nineteen (19) on January 1, 2014.
  • Persons may be nominated in only one category per sponsor.
  • Nominees should not apply for both AMF and SHFA.
  • Nominees must be from the greater Austin area.
  • Nominations must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
  • Submit transcript or most recent report card with application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

JUDGING GUIDELINES

  • Judges will make decisions based on the information on the application and transcript/report card.
  • The judge’s decisions are final.
  • Only one person will be selected as winner in each category.
  • All of the information submitted on the application can be publicly shared during the Awards presentation, Confidential information should not be included.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Applied Materials Foundation

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE/EDUCATION – The student should have consistently demonstrated high academic achievement. This includes grades, creativity, critical thinking, classroom participation, and other behaviors that contribute to excellence in scholarship.

ARTS – Any youth who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to personal achievement in the artistic disciplines or who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment utilizing art to benefit others in a significant way such as music, drama, visual and performing arts.

COMMUNITY SERVICE — The student should have volunteered his/her time for one or more activities, which were to the immediate benefit of others in the community. This student has made a positive impact on their community through volunteerism. Please document the occasion(s), the participants, and the value of the service in which the student was engaged. Volunteer service should not include paid assignments.

FRED “MITCHIE” MITCHELL BEATING THE ODDS — Any youth who has overcome unusual or overwhelming adversity to achieve personal greatness or contributed in an exceptional way to those in their community.

MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE – Any youth who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to personal/academic achievement; pursuit of learning and using acquired knowledge and skill in the following courses:  Honors and AP courses (Ex:  Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre calculus, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Seton Healthcare Family

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE/EDUCATION – The student should have consistently demonstrated high academic achievement. This includes grades, creativity, critical thinking, classroom participation, and other behaviors that contribute to excellence in scholarship.

COMMUNITY SERVICE — The student should have volunteered his/her time for one or more activities, which were to the immediate benefit of others in the community. This student has made a positive impact on their community through volunteerism. Please document the occasion(s), the participants, and the value of the service in which the student was engaged. Volunteer service should not include paid assignments. Volunteerism in health-related activities is preferred but not required.

SPIRIT AWARD — The student should have volunteer/leadership experience in a faith-based community or school organization, demonstrating great commitment to the community.

YOUTH HUMANITARIAN AWARD — This award embodies the spirit, values and philosophy of Dr. King. (a) The student should have been involved in activities or other organized efforts in their school or community that have facilitated inclusion and understanding among people of different religious faiths, ethnic backgrounds and racial groups. The student also demonstrated a passion for fairness and justice and compassion for others in need. Or (b) The student was involved with efforts that contributed to the improvement of the quality of life for individuals who have been displaced in our communities. For example, provided support and services to individuals displaced by hurricanes or other disasters/events.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD — The student should have: (a) Initiated an activity to either meet a need, or provided a service of immediate value to other students in his/her program, or to the School; Or (b) Should have accepted leadership responsibility in the execution of a position or task, which was of value to other students, to his/her program, or to the School. Leadership can also be demonstrated by active participation in a sponsored organization in the student’s area of study.