The Don and Jean Sloan Youth Service Scholarship

The Don and Jean Sloan Youth Service Scholarship is awarded through Youth Volunteer Corps Headquarters. The $1,000 scholarship is open to active YVC volunteers who have demonstrated excellence in volunteerism and leadership and who are committed to making a difference in their communities.

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“My parents showed me the value of giving back to the community, and this scholarship rewards a young person with the same spirit.”

– Julie Sloan, who launched the scholarship in honor of her parents

2022 Scholarship Recipient: Akilah Frye

Akilah, a volunteer with YVC in Hampton Roads, served 254 hours with YVC while balancing a variety of other volunteer and extracurricular activities. Akilah joined YVC at the age of 13, quickly became a leader, and started a YVC club at her own school. During her time with YVC, Akilah was awarded the 100-in-One Award for 100 hours of service in one year, was a member of the YVC Hampton Roads Youth Advisory Board, and was a member of the YVC International Youth Advisory Board.

Akilah was selected as a Bank of America Student Leader for 2022 and will stay involved at her YVC in Hampton Roads as a Team Leader where she will continue to shine her light and lead youth in volunteering.

College Plans:

Akilah plans to attend the University of Mississippi in the fall and pursue journalism with an emphasis in fashion promotion and media, with dreams of becoming a fashion editor.

Past Recipients

2013: Zeeyaan Somani, Calgary

2014: Madison Fitzgerald, Kansas City

2015: Alyssa Barrett, Danbury

2016: Sophia Mauro, Kansas City

2017: XianHui Zhang, Philadelphia

2018: Jessica Vu, Calgary

2019: Micah Chen, Danbury

2020: Qinlan Moc, Philadelphia

2021: Andy Lee, Calgary & Karleigh Patton, Reading


  • Must be a youth volunteer with a Youth Volunteer Corps program.
  • Must be a senior in high school or a first-year college/university student to apply.
  • Must demonstrate good character and leadership.
  • Must have plans to continue volunteer service in college and beyond.
  • Preference will be given to youth volunteers who have completed at least 100 hours of service during a two-year period with any YVC program throughout the U.S. or Canada.


Scholarship recipients will be selected based on community service activities and volunteer work with YVC, as well as a demonstration of leadership.

What You Need

  • The Scholarship application. Please ensure that your application is submitted successfully—you will be redirected to a page thanking you for submitting your application to confirm that your application was successfully submitted.
  • Two references (not family members) who fill out the reference form. (You are responsible for ensuring that their reference arrives on time.)
  • If you live in Canada, you can use this Canadian Grade Point Average Converter to convert your grades to the U.S. standard.

Ready to Apply?

Application Deadline: The 2022 Youth Service Scholarship Application is now closed.

Questions about the scholarship?

Contact Betsy Calmer at or
(816) 472-9822.