Whitney M. Young, Jr. 2022 Scholarship Recipients
The New York Urban League is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship. One time scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 were awarded to college bound students starting college in Fall 2022, in partnership with the New York Power Authority. Awardees were selected based on excellent character and proven leadership ability, with a demonstrated commitment to community service and extra-curricular activities.
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.
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