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The New York Urban League is proud to announce the application for the 2024 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship is open starting on February 1, 2024. Scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 will be awarded to college-bound students starting college in Fall 2024.

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 2024

  • 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. Scholarship Program Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, February 6th @ 5:30pm ET

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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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Click below for a full list of the 2023 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship recipients.

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