2017 Alumni Leadership for Service College Scholarships - Due July 31, 2017

HOBY will provide three (3) $1,000 college scholarships for the 2015 Alumni Class and three $1,000 college scholarships for the 2016 Alumni Class. To be eligible for consideration, the student applicant must:

  • Be a HOBY Alumnus/Alumna of a State Leadership Seminar in 2015 or in 2016
  • Complete a minimum of 250 hours of service that made a measurable impact on one community issue
  • Log project hours into the Leadership for Service online system by July 31, 2017
  • Uphold the core values of HOBY by displaying excellence, integrity, diversity, and innovative thinking
  • Be representative of an Outstanding HOBY Ambassador to others through their service and leadership
  • Show how they made a significant difference in the lives of others
  • Submit a letter of reference from an individual who can attest to the Alumnus’ volunteer impact and overall leadership
  • Have all their information verified
  • Complete the online scholarship application and submit all required materials by July 31, 2017.

Download the L4S Scholarship Application Worksheet to learn more about the application process.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Alumni Leadership for Service College Scholarship Winners

Renee Gallagher, 2014 HOBY South Dakota Alumna
Renee has served her local Teen Court in every role (bailiff, jury member, prosecution, defense attorney), but she is most passionate about serving as defense attorney. Teens who successfully complete this court-approved diversion program re-offend at half the rate compared to those who go through the traditional court process. Renee has defended over 100 juveniles and mentored over 200 volunteers. The governor even appointed her to the Council of Juvenile Services to help teens across the state: she is one of only three young people on a council of 20+ adult members. 

Megan Ritting, 2014 HOBY Pennsylvania East Alumna
Megan formed a committee, led meetings, delegated tasks, and organized speakers all for a Mini-THON at her school to support pediatric cancer treatment, through which she raised nearly $5,000. But one year of work wasn’t enough for Megan. The next year, she started earlier to have more time to plan and gain sponsorships: the final event nearly doubled in attendance and included more interactive activities. With the increased support, her second annual Mini-THON raised $6,484 for the kids. 

BriAnna Day, 2014 HOBY Utah Alumna
BriAnna founded the Leaders for Achievers club. Thanks to this free club, her peers could learn valuable leadership qualities by serving in the community, without being required to campaign, win elections, or pay to join. After doing extensive research, she and her members opted to serve the nonprofit Caring for Cambodia; over 30 club members raised enough money to pay for five Cambodian elementary students’ books for an entire year, as well as five bicycles for Cambodian junior high students to physically get themselves to school every day. 

Nari Johnson, 2015 HOBY Ohio South Alumna
After discovering her first Junior State of America (JSA) meeting, Nari was hooked on the overwhelming zeal and dedication shown by students from across the U.S. As Chapter President, Nari expanded her club from 30 to over 75 tax-paid members, spearheaded her school’s first voter registration drive, organized a voting rights rally for 17-year-old Ohio students, and coordinated two one-day mini-conventions to familiarize new members with debate. In recent months, she led a team of 65 student volunteers to fundraise over $15,000 for her JSA chapter’s scholarship fund, providing over 100 scholarships so students can access their civic education. 

Blake Bradley, 2015 HOBY Illinois North Alumnus
By gathering a group of strong students from local high schools to form his board of directors, Blake created the Interscholastic Community Service Organization. The group plans monthly, large-scale service projects for the community as a whole. Within one year, over 250 newly congregated volunteers accomplished hours of service benefitting five school districts and six towns. According to local municipalities, park districts, etc., their service has saved the local taxpayers almost $300,000. 

Jenevia Wika, 2015 HOBY Alaska Alumna
Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the U.S. This challenged Jenevia to found the You Are Not Alone club at her school, through which she has dedicated hundreds of hours reaching out to teens throughout the state. She received training to become a presenter for teen suicide prevention and distributed 6,000+ outreach wristbands, which include the Careline number and the phrase “you are not alone” to remind others of the resources available to them 24/7. Jenevia has support and funding in place for her club’s long-term sustainability and has further addressed this cause by presenting to many schools, the Alaska Federation of Natives, Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska, and even Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Scholarship Opportunities 

Florida State University

Florida State University is pleased to present the application for the Service Scholar Program for the 2012- 2013 academic year. The Service Scholar Program recognizes select incoming students with an outstanding record of community service and leadership, and who want to continue that commitment at FSU. The Program benefits include a scholarship valued at $2,400 per year for up to four years, exposure to a diverse group of individuals and social issues, an academic component, and support by an assigned faculty mentor.

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Los Angeles World Affairs Council

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council awards a $2,500 scholarship to a graduating high school student from a public, Los Angeles County high school who is embarking on a higher-learning degree with an international emphasis. The scholarship is renewable for up to five years.

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Marietta College - Ohio

All students accepted to Marietta College who are also HOBY Ambassadors will be invited to compete in the Marietta College Pioneer Scholarship competition. All HOBY Ambassadors will receive a baseline Dean's Scholarship valued at $10,000 and will have the opportunity to increase the value of the scholarship up to full tuition per year to attend Marietta College.

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Millersville University of Pennsylvania

A $1,000 scholarship is available for applicants who rank in top tenth of class, have minimum combined SAT I score of 1170, and provide documentation of being a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference participant.

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The Morehead-Cain

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The Morehead-Cain is a unique, life-changing educational opportunity that begins with a four-year merit scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition to covering the full cost of attending UNC, it provides four summers of global travel and experiential learning, a Discovery Fund for educational opportunities during the academic year, personal mentoring by experienced staff advisors and accomplished Morehead-Cain Alumni, and a remarkable group of motivated Morehead-Cain Scholar peers.

Only students who attended the World Leadership Congress (WLC) are eligible to be nominated for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship. For more information, including selection criteria and the selection process timeline, please visit


Mount St. Mary's University

Mount St. Mary's University

All students accepted to Mount St. Mary’s University who are HOBY Ambassadors will receive a base Dean’s Scholarship valued at $18,000 (2015).

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National Security Language Initiative for Youth

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible U.S. high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Programs are available for Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

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Robertson Scholars

Robertson Scholars Program

The Robertson Scholars Program is a leadership development merit scholarship program at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program brings together outstanding young individuals from around the world who demonstrate exceptional leadership, strength of character, high academic potential, generosity of spirit, and the energy necessary to accomplish great things. With unparalleled access to two renowned universities, a series of unique summer enrichment experiences, and individualized mentoring and coaching from a dedicated program staff, Robertson Scholars benefit from numerous opportunities that enable them to fully realize their leadership potential.

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Texas Christian University

The $1,000 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Scholarship is available to full-time entering freshmen at Texas Christian University. You must have participated in the HOBY Leadership Program, and demonstrated a record of leadership and community service to be eligible for this award.

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Youth for Understanding - USA

Do you want to make a difference in today's multicultural, interconnected world? HOBY has already identified you as a promising young leader, and Youth for Understanding (YFU) would like to offer you the opportunity to continue developing your skills and talents on a YFU international exchange. Youth for Understanding USA (YFU USA) is pleased to announce one YFU-HOBY scholarship in the amount of $3,000 toward a YFU summer, semester or year program leaving in the summer. To learn more about this and other YFU scholarship opportunities and to obtain an application, please speak with an Admissions Counselor at 1-800-TEENAGE or check out the list of over 35 countries and 100 programs at

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