Currently Unfunded

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Previously funded by the Dennis Archer Fund and the Merril & Zona Bailey Fund, the youth scholarship fund was created to cover expenses for young people who were selected to attend the National League of Cities City Summit (formerly NLC Congress of Cities) under the auspices of the Institute for Youth, Education and Families. Scholarship applicants were required to submit an essay.

The essay contest was designed to give students an opportunity to use their knowledge and experience to creatively voice their views on what they value in their community and how it can be improved.  The essay topic was:

If you were an elected official (i.e. councilmember/mayor/village president), how would you improve the quality of life in your community?

Essays were judged on creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought, and proper use of grammar and spelling.


Past Essay Competition Winners

2015 Winners
Alana Crawford, Cass Technical High School
Jaylen Bradley, Renaissance High School

2014 Winners
Chelsea Carter, North Farmington High School
Kyla Wright, Renaissance High School

2013 Winners
Aubrey Perry, Farmington High School
Tiffany Askew, Washtenaw International High School

2012 Winners
Destinee Jair Massie, International Academy, West
Hannah Hayes, Christian Victory Homeschool

2011 Winners
Wayne Askew, II, International Academy, East
Kristen Jordan, Grand Blanc High School
Janette St. Bernard, Lenawee Christian High School
Lakeisha Ross, Cass Technical High School

2010 Winners
Danielle Purkey, Lake Orion High School
Simone Alhagri, Hamtramck High School

2009 Winner
Jessica McCleod, Bad Axe High School

2008 Winners
Alexis Davis, Southfield-Lathrup High School
Zoe Haynes, Southfield Home School

2007 Winners
Audrey Sutherland, Harbor Beach High School
Andrea Barta, St. Joseph High School
Archana Bharadwaj, St. Joseph High School