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Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship

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2023 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship Recipients

The New York Urban League is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship. Awardees were selected based on excellent character and proven leadership ability, with a demonstrated commitment to community service and extra-curricular activities.

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List of each scholarship recipient, high school they graduated from and colleges they will be attending

Akithma Moraes

Curtis High School

Pace University

Amirah Thomas

Friends Seminary

Howard University

Amy Lilman

University Heights High School

Macaulay Honors- City College of New York

Ashley Petgrave

Francis Lewis High School

Queens College

Azalia James

High School for Health Professions and Human Services

New York University

Cyrus Castellanos

Brooklyn Technical High School

Carnegie Mellon University

David Carbajal

Xavier High School

Fordham University

Eian Otero

University Heights High School 

University of Albany

Fatmata Barrie

HCZ Promise Academy II High School

Hunter College

Gillian Fable

Benjamin Banneker Academy

SUNY Canton

Felicia Facey

Bard High School Early College Queens

John Jay College

Icema Castle

Marymount School of New York

Cornell University

Jordan Gay

Convent of the Sacred Heart

Howard University

Kai Blue

Professional Performing Arts High School

Morehouse College

Natalie Henry

High School of Fashion Industries

University of Pennsylvania

Nathan Atherley

Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School

Columbia University

Nefertari Collins

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics

Howard University

Princess Ugo Nkele

Bronxdale High School

New York University

Rihana Schulters

Brooklyn College Academy 

Delaware State University

Samuel Emmanuel Nuamah

Tabor Academy  (Marion, MA)

University of Rochester

Solomon Fields-Jackson

Bayside High School

University of Pennsylvania- Wharton School of Business

Victoria Lopez

Central Park East High School 

City College of New York

Yaa Bempong

Democracy Prep Harlem High School

Boston College

Yna Owusu

Fordham Leadership Academy 

Yale University

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The New York Urban League is proud to announce the release of the application for the 2023 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship. One time scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 will be awarded to college bound students starting college in Fall 2023.

Scholarship Application Eligibility Requirements:

  • New York City Residents - Applicants must live within the 5 Boroughs of NYC

  • Racial/Ethnic Minority Heritage - Applicants must identify as having at minimum 50% African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Native American/Indigenous Heritage

  • Of excellent character and proven leadership ability, with a demonstrated commitment to community service and extra-curricular activities

  • Classification - ONLY Graduating Seniors, Recent High School Graduates / High School Equivalency Diploma Recipients will be considered

  • Accepted as a full time and first-term matriculating freshman at an accredited college or university in pursuit of a Baccalaureate or Associate degree for Fall 2023

  • Applicants that have previously enrolled and/or taken classes, even if not completed, at any institution of Higher Education are ineligible for this scholarship award - this does not apply to Dual Enrollment Credits reflected on High School Transcripts.

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Whitney M. Young, Jr. 

Whitney Moore Young, Jr. (July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971) was an American civil rights leader. Trained as a social worker, he spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and turning the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization into one that aggressively worked for equitable access to socioeconomic opportunity for the historically disenfranchised.

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Born in Kentucky in 1921. Young earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kentucky State University. From 1942-1944, while serving in the U.S. Army, he studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After his discharge from the military, Young returned from overseas and went on to earn his MSW from the University of Minnesota


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