This year’s scholarship theme – Perfecting the Act of Giving Back – is AASuccess’ very own mission statement since its establishment in 2006. This motto encourages young students to become knowledgeable of the issues within and beyond their community and take actions to positively influence our society.
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As the scholarship is a flagship program of AASuccess, and ran by high school students, it scholarship focuses on the importance of process over destination. Through this program, previous organizing students, and many of our past applicants have shared that they became more confident and discovered a new sense for giving back after the scholarship.
Phase 1: Essay
The applicants will each submit a 500-1000 word essay based on the following prompt:“Giving back is one major component of what makes AASuccess unique. We believe in not only dreaming of change, but also taking action to create that change. Share with us a local or community issue you are passionate about. How would you start working towards a solution with a starting budget of $200?”
The Essay portion will account for 40% of the overall score if the applicant proceeds to the next round.
Phase 2: Oral Presentation
Semi-finalists will present for five to 10 minutes in front of a panel of professional judges, explaining the idea and how they will execute the idea. The judges will have five minutes to ask presenters questions at the end related to their idea. Although PowerPoints are not required, visuals during the presentation are mandatory. Accompaniments to the presentation are also allowed.
The Oral Presentation round will account for 60% of the overall score.
Phase 3: Internship
One first place finalist will be chosen after the oral presentation to receive half of their scholarship prize, along with a Leadership Development Summer Internship with AASuccess to implement their project idea. A seed fund of $200 will be provided by AASuccess among other resources, such as additional volunteers and mentorship from professionals. After completion of the internship, the finalist will receive the second half of their scholarship prize and a letter of recommendation from our founder.
**Please note, if for any reason first place finalist is unable to start the internship, second place finalist will win the Leadership Development Summer Internship and execute his/her idea.
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A PROJECT FOR THE COMMUNITY
Our annual YouthCon Scholarship is the result of the collaborative effort of many individuals and organizations seeking to empower, inspire, and support the youth to make changes in the community.