YLS College Textbook Scholarship Applications Now Open

(Carroll and Stark Counties, OH) January 19, 2021 – United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) is now accepting applications for college textbook scholarships. The scholarship recipients are eligible to receive a total of $4,000 ($1,000 per year) to offset the cost of textbooks for college.

This will be the fourth year that YLS has awarded this scholarship. The initiative is part of their education strategic focus. Requirements for the applicant include: high school senior attending a Carroll or Stark County school district, first-generation college student – defined as a student pursuing a four-year college or university degree whose parent(s) or guardian(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree, accumulated grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale (or equivalent by the demonstration of proficiency on all required state standards), and submit the required materials by the deadline of March 8, 2021.

Previous recipients: 2020: Lauren Brown from Washington High School, Jose Tovar, Jr. from Marlington High School and Ty White from GlenOak High School; 2019: Evahanna Cruz from Timken Early College High School, Sage Hester from McKinley Senior High School and Joseph Knopp from East Canton High School; 2018: Jermaine Brack from GlenOak High School and Meleah Nelson from Timken Early College High School. 

“Young Leaders Society focuses their efforts on education initiatives in order to help set the foundation for a successful future, not only for the students but also for our community. This scholarship is able to help some of our community’s students reach their educational and career goals,” said Laura Prengaman, Assistant Director of Campaign at United Way of Greater Stark County. “The high cost of college textbooks can be an unwelcome surprise for many students. We set up this scholarship to cover an expense that many scholarships do not.”

Students should submit their application for the scholarship online by Monday, March 8, 2021 at uwstark.org/yls.

For more information regarding Young Leaders Society, contact Laura Prengaman, Assistant Director of Campaign at 330-491-9953 or email laura.prengaman@uwstark.org.

About Young Leaders Society
United Way’s Young Leaders Society is a group of passionate young professionals who come together to educate, engage and inspire individuals across Greater Stark County. They harness their time and talents through mentorship, fundraising and volunteerism to activate education initiatives and build a better community. Education sets the foundation for the future, and it is the area where they believe they can make the greatest impact. As young leaders, their personal and professional success would not have been possible without support from mentors, teachers and advocates who helped them along the way. Now they’re paying it forward for the next generation. More information is available at uwstark.org/young-leaders-society.

About United Way of Greater Stark County
United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our communities by leading in the development of solutions to critical social issues in the areas of health, education and financial stability. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit uwstark.org. Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.

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