College textbooks are a necessary, but costly, expense that is not typically covered by academic scholarships. Our Young Leaders Society (YLS) helps ease that burden for high school students through its textbook scholarship fund. This scholarship is a $1,000 award, renewable for up to four years, created to offset the expense of books needed to further a student’s education after high school.

Applications are now closed.


Scholarship Criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship award, students must:

  • Be a high school senior attending a Greater Stark County school district (Stark and Carroll Counties included)
  • Be the first member of their family to pursue a four-year college degree
  • Have an accumulated grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale or the equivalent by the demonstration of proficiency on all required state standards
  • Submit their application, an official high school transcript and one letter of recommendation from a personal (non-family) reference by the published deadline

Scholarship recipients will be required to stay enrolled and submit a digital copy of their transcript each year, maintaining an overall 2.5 GPA from the previous year in order to receive the next $1,000 installment.

All these criteria are required, along with other factors as determined by the United Way Young Leaders Society Steering Committee. Students from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.


Past Scholarship Recipients


  • Sage Hester, McKinley Senior High School
  • Joseph Knopp, East Canton High School
  • Evahanna Cruz, Timken Early College High School


  • Jermaine Brack, Glen Oak High School
  • Meleah Nelson, Timken Early College High School

YLS Textbook Scholarship Application

* Are you a Greater Stark County High School senior?

* Are you a first-generation college student?

Excellent, you are eligible!

Please continue the application process by completing the remaining questions.

* represent required information

Personal statement

Personal information

Academic information

Extra-curricular activities in high school (music, clubs, sports, etc.)

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Grades Participated

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Activities out of school (community service, scouting, faith-based etc.)

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Work experience

Personal (non-family) reference

Certification statement

I affirm that the information that I have provided on this application form and any additional material that I submit is complete, accurate and true to the best of my knowledge. I authorize each high school that I have attended to release academic and personal information, as related to this scholarship application.

One letter of recommendation from a personal (non-family) reference and a copy of your transcript is required to complete the application process. If you do not have these at this time, please email them to Laura Prengaman at laura.prengaman@uwstark.org after you submit the online application. They will need to be submitted by the published deadline.

We're sorry but you must be a Stark County high school senior and a first generation college student to apply.