The commitment of the African American Youth Leadership Conference is to support, promote and foster leadership, education and positive self-esteem among youth. Therefore, in 1996, by the recommendation of Dr. Anne Bouie, the AAYLC Committee established the Debra Wynn/Cleasther Marchman Scholarship Program.
The scholarships provide financial assistance to students in grade 12 who are interested in pursuing college or vocational studies upon graduation from high school. Grants are given to assist other students in grades 6-11 who are interested in participating in an educational program, event or activity sponsored by their school, church or community. To date, over $140,000.00 has been awarded to students.
The Wynn/Marchman Scholarship Committee believes students who have demonstrated passion, dedication and commitment to furthering their education by demonstrating: Confidence, Consciousness of Society, Commitment to Self and the Community, Competency at Grade Level and Caring for Self and Others should be given the opportunity to apply for a scholarship. Therefore, students with a GPA of 2.0 and higher are eligible to apply.
Scholarships have been given to students who chose to attend a college, university or vocational school both in and out of state. Grants have been given to students to attend:
San Diego – Sea Camp
Barcelona, Spain and Florence, Italy - 21st Century Program – Harrison High School
England, Iceland, Scotland and Wales – People to People International Student Educational Program
Vienna, Austria – International Dance Festival - Delores Huerta Preparatory High School, Pueblo, CO
Washington, DC – HOBY World Leadership Conference
Washington, DC – National Youth Leadership Forum on Law
Washington, DC – Educational Trip – Gorman Middle School
Cameroon, Africa – Colorado Springs School Experiential Seminar
Washington, DC – Howard University Summer Medical Institute
Lawrence, KS - Duke University Summer Science Program
Rhode Island – United States Scholar-Athlete Games
Pine Bluff, AR – Operation Skyward Bound Youth Aviation Conference
Eagle Boy Scout Camp Program
HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) College Tour
Leading Edge of Leadership Pikes Peak
Students who have received scholarships and grants represent the following School Districts:
Colorado Springs District 11
Widefield District 3
Cheyenne Mountain District 12
Academy District 20
Harrison School District 2
Fountain/Ft. Carson District 8
Falcon District 49
Manitou Springs District 14
Early College and Charter Schools
If you live in El Paso County and would like to apply for a grant or scholarship, please complete the Scholarship/Grant application and send to the address listed on the document.