Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Scholarship

The New York Urban League (NYUL) is inviting students to apply for the Whitney M. Young Scholarship that is named after Whitney M. Young, Jr., who was the Executive Director of the National Urban League. The Scholarship Program is open for the citizen of New York City, African-American, Latino, or Native American background. Scholarship of $3,500, memorialize Young’s commitment to educational equity for young people.

The mission of the New York Urban League (NYUL) is to enable African Americans and other underserved ethnic communities to secure a first-class education, economic self-reliance, and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services, and advocacy in our highly diversified city.


To be considered for scholarship, candidate must be:

  • A resident of New York City and of African-American, Latino, or Native American background
  • A current high school graduate or recipient of a High School Equivalency Diploma
  • Accepted as a full time and first-term matriculating freshman at an accredited college or university in pursuit of a Baccalaureate or Associate degree at the time the award is presented
  • A person who demonstrates strong potential for academic achievement
  • Of excellent character and proven leadership ability, with a demonstrated commitment to community service and extra-curricular activities
  • Family members of the National Urban League and Urban League affiliate employees, as well as Advisory Board members are disqualified from entering the scholarship program.

How to Apply:

For applying the scholarship, the applicants must complete the application form. That can be downloaded through the given link:


Supporting Documents:

  • Resume (summary of work experience, extra-curricular activities, community service, and awards received)
  • High School Transcript, including verification of a cumulative average of at least 80, or an average TASC/GED score of 2800
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s character, participation in school, community and extra-curricular activities (one letter must be from a School Principal, Teacher, or Guidance Counselor)
  • A typed, scholarly essay, based on original research and consisting of 500 words, that will address one of the following questions:
  1. With the average student loan debt hovering around $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree, many question if college is a good investment. Why are you seeking a university education? What makes a college degree worth the investment for you?
  2. Whitney M. Young Jr. was a staunch civil rights activist and spent his career fighting for equal access in economics and politics for the urban poor. Please share an instance where you have been a change-agent in your local community and how it impacted your personal growth and development.
  3. As a young adult, what do you think is the civil rights issue of your generation that public figures and politicians need to address for your future?

Submitting Details:

You can send completed application and required materials as one application to:

New York Urban League / Education Department

204 West 136th Street

New York, NY 10030

Attn: Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship

Award Amount:

The Whitney M. Young Scholarship worth $3,500 amount.

Application Deadline:

The completed application packet will be accepted from January 4, 2016 through April 1, 2016.

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