Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholarship Programs
It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
–Whitney M. Young, Jr.
2016 Class of Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholars
Florence Adeosun, Ann S. Kheel Scholarship
Miranda David, Emerging Leader Scholarship
Hinda Diakite, The Links, Inc.-Greater New York Chapter Scholarship
Shenise Duboulay, Emerging Leader Scholarship
Jazmine Francis, Titi Branch/Miss Jessie’s Scholarship Award for Excellence
Laura Hernandez, Emerging Leader Scholarship
Sharai Hornedo, Ann S. Kheel Scholarship
Maya Jabaar, Emerging Leader Scholarship
Kayla Jessup, Ann S. Kheel Scholarship
Alexia Johnson, The Links, Inc.-Greater New York Chapter Scholarship
Tori Johnson, Emerging Leader Scholarship
Kayla Mackie, Incentive Scholarship
Jerson Mejia-Castro, Con Edison Scholarship
Samantha Metellus, Titi Branch/Miss Jessie’s Scholarship Award for Excellence
Sokhna Ndiaye, Con Edison Scholarship
Marie Nije, Emerging Leader Scholarship
Laurette Parrella, Emerging Leader Scholarship
Edison Pilamunga Malan, Kevin T. Shaw Memorial Scholarship Award
Nathaniel Shepherd-Tyson, Billy R. Rice Memorial Scholarship
Marquis Taylor, Emerging Leader Scholarship
Shadae Tingman, The Links, Inc.-Greater New York Chapter Scholarship
Abdullaye Wouadjou, Kevin T. Shaw Memorial Scholarship Award
The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship Program offers scholarship awards available through the New York Urban League and is named after Whitney M. Young, Jr., who was the Executive Director of the National Urban League from 1961 to 1971. Young focused on gaining equality for blacks in business and politics, and improving opportunities for the urban poor. The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship of $3,500, memorializing Young’s commitment to educational equity for young people. The Young Professional’s Emerging Leader Scholarship, which provides awards of $1,500 to empower outstanding students, and the NYUL Incentive Scholarship of $1,500 to support inspiring students embarking in their post-secondary journey.
The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholar Program also distributes scholarship awards through partnering sponsors and donors like those listed below.
The Ann S. Kheel Scholarship
These scholarships are established in the memory of the late Ann S. Kheel who, among the many things she did for underserved New Yorkers, was a dedicated and hard-working New York Urban League board member for over 40 years (25 years as Secretary and then as an honorary member until her death in 2003). In addition, Mrs. Kheel was the founder of the New York Urban League’s Annual Frederick Douglass Award Dinner which she created and chaired for 25 years. Among her most treasured awards were those from the New York Urban League, including the 2001 Frederick Douglass medallion she received at the dinner that year. The Ann S. Kheel Scholarships are three grants of $5,000 to be given each year to outstanding students who have demonstrated a commitment to the ideals of public service.
The Billy R. Rice Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is named in memory of the life of Billy R. Rice, father, entrepreneur and staunch educational advocate. The Billy R. Rice Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 recognizes his commitment to educational achievement.
The Con Edison Scholarship
Con Edison is a staunch supporter of STEM education and college readiness. The Con Edison scholarship of 3,500 and $5,000 is awarded to students who have made a commitment to studying science, technology, engineering, and/or math.
The Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Incorporated Scholarship
For decades the Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has provided scholarship awards to young ladies and women of African-American descent to assist in the completion of their undergraduate and graduate degree educational programs. The members of The Link’s created this scholarship for $5,000 in partnership with the New York Urban League in recognition of our shared commitment to educational achievement.
The Titi Branch/Miss Jessie’s Scholarship Award for Excellence
This scholarship is named in memory of the life of Miss Jessie’s co-founder Titi Branch and her commitment to educational achievement. The Titi Branch/Miss Jessie’s Scholarship Award for Excellence for $2,500 is awarded to students who have made a commitment to pursuing mental health as a career.
Recent Scholarships include: the FFAWN Four-Year Scholarship, The Olnick Organization Scholarship, and the Jon B. Zion Scholarship.
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Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholar Connect is a mentoring program specifically designed for New York Urban League Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship recipients. In partnership with the New York Urban League Young Professionals (YP), scholarship recipients are paired with YPs for support and encouragement and to be connected to a caring and trusting mentor throughout their college experience. The Connect program includes outings with the scholars when they are home from school, support for attendance to various NYUL events, and the development of an online component to further promote the program and connect with alumni scholars.
The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholars Internship Program is designed to utilize NYUL’s long-standing connections in corporate New York to the benefit of our youth. NYUL provides eligible Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholars with an outstanding educational experience within corporate and not-for-profit environments. Through a competitive application process, the program provides knowledge, tools and skills through a paid internship experience that an intern can readily apply to future challenges and professional pursuits.
Go to our Resource Room to find additional links to scholarships and external internship opportunities.
Today is the day to give a gift that supports the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship Fund. We are able to provide financial assistance for a scholar’s first year of college because your gifts have sustained the Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholarship Fund for over 40 years!