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The Riverbank Youth of the Year is sponsored annually by the Riverbank Citizen of the Year Committee (a group of dedicated volunteers serving the Riverbank Community since 1962). The goal of the committee is to recognize the dedication and contributions of youth that have given selflessly of their time and talents to the Riverbank Community; this recognition also comes with a monetary scholarship.
The 2017 year scholarship application process has changed from the previous years where the community (usually teachers, school counselors, family or friends) nominated the youth for the award. This year youth will be given the opportunity to apply for this scholarship themselves. The Citizen of the Year Committee wants learn from the youth themselves what and how they contribute to our Riverbank community. The scholarship amount for the 2017 Youth of the Year is the highest it has been in the history of this award ($1,000 for the first place winner and $200 for the second place winner). The application deadline is 5pm on January 31, 2018.
Applications will be evaluated by the active members of the Citizen of the Year Committee. This scholarship is a one-time cash award payable directly to the recipient. Funds must be applied towards tuition or books, and the winner will need to provide confirmation of college or trade school acceptance and attendance. The winner will be announced at the annual Citizen of the Year awards dinner scheduled for March 10th, 2018. Youth, family, and friends are encouraged to attend the dinner and support the applicants. Dinner tickets for the award dinner will be available by 1/5/18 call 209-863-7153 for ticket information.Below please find the guidelines on how to apply for the 2017 Riverbank Youth of the Year Scholarship.
Youth applicant must live in the City of Riverbank.
Youth applicant must be a high school senior (currently attending school anywhere in Stanislaus County) and in good academic standing.
No team or group applications will be accepted.
Provide a short typed professional style letter (addressed to the Riverbank Citizen of the Year Committee) that will include the following:
Your name, mailing and physical address, phone number, and email address. The name and contact information of your parent or guardian (including email address if they have one). The name of your high school, the school address, your grade level, your grade point average and the name and email address of your principal.
Answer the question; what have you as a youth in Riverbank done for the Riverbank community in previous years? Please highlight activities aside from your school participation (as a committee we commend all students that are very active in academics, school clubs, sports, and events but we want to hear about your extracurricular participation in Riverbank).
Answer the question; what are you as a youth in Riverbank currently doing for your Riverbank community (what community clubs, organizations, programs, events do you participate in, volunteer for, organize, or donate too)?
Tell us how you have given selflessly of your personal time and talents for the betterment of the community, whether your actions and efforts are known by many or a few
Tell us about any outstanding accomplishments and achievements you have had in your life that have benefited your Riverbank community
What are your future plans?
You are welcome to include comments and letters of recommendations from local organizations and community members.
The Citizen of the Year Committee will evaluate all letters equally and fairly in the event that an applicant is a friend or relative of a committee member that committee member will abstain from voting for the final winner. In the event of tie the committee reserves the right to contact the applicant for more information or the committee can decide to split the award. All and final decisions will be made by the active members of the Citizen of the Year Committee.
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