Wynn/Marchman Scholarship Program

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 $240,000.00 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.

In addition, the AAYLC is honored to be in partnership with Colorado College by annually awarding a Wynn/Marchman Scholarship Prize to a selected Colorado College student who has demonstrated excellence in the newly established "Race, Ethnic and Migration" Studies Program.

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: 

Barcelona, Spain and Florence, Italy - 21st Century Program – Harrison High School
Cameroon, Africa – Colorado Springs School Experiential Seminar
Dublin, London, Paris - Educational Trip - Harrison High School
England, Iceland, Scotland and Wales – People to People International Student Educational Program
Eagle Boy Scout Camp Program
HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) College Tour
Lawrence, KS - Duke University Summer Science Program
Leading Edge of Leadership Pikes Peak
Pine Bluff, AR – Operation Skyward Bound Youth Aviation Conference
Rhode Island – United States Scholar-Athlete Games
San Diego – Sea Camp
Vienna, Austria – International Dance Festival - Delores Huerta Preparatory High School, Pueblo, CO
Washington, DC – Educational Trip – Gorman Middle School
Washington, DC – HOBY World Leadership Conference
Washington, DC – Howard University Summer Medical Institute 
Washington, DC – National Youth Leadership Forum on Law


Students who have received scholarships and grants represent the following School Districts:

Academy District 20
Cheyenne Mountain District 12
Colorado Springs District 11
Early College and Charter Schools
Falcon District 49
Fountain/Ft. Carson District 8
Harrison School District 2
Manitou Springs District 14
Widefield District 3

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.  Deadline: April 10, 2021


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