2014 National Youth of the Year!
"Congratulations to Maryah Sullivan, who was named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2014-15 National Youth of the Year. Hailing from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida in Orlando, Maryah graduated from Edgewater High School with a 4.4 grade point average and is now a freshman at the University of South Florida, the first in her family to be accepted into college. A dedicated community servant, Maryah volunteers at the Ronald McDonald house and a local nursing home. She also helps paint homes for the elderly. Maryah will serve as BGCA's official teen spokesperson for the next year."
"Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club members who earn the youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.
Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month Winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.
Source: Boys & Girls Club of America