“From a young age, I began understanding how to work with a team and become a leader. Over the years I’ve developed those traits through volunteering with YVC.”

– Zeeyaan Somani, previous recipient of the Don and Jean Sloan Scholarship

2022 Scholarship Recipient: Akilah Frye

The Don & Jean Sloan Scholarship Fund was established to encourage and reward youth who have made a difference in their communities. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually through YVC to the individual chosen. 

Don Sloan served on YVC’s board from its inception until his passing in 2013, and he served as the chairman for 15 years. The scholarship was established as a gift from Don and Jean’s daughter Julie in honor of her parents.

The annual deadline for the Don and Jean Sloan Scholarship is April 30. More information is available on our Youth Service Scholarship page.

2022 Recipient

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.