Award to Honor Military Youth

We all know that our military youth are amazing: smart, strong and resilient. For nearly two decades, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has helped keep them that way, partnering with the armed services to provide programs for military kids around the world. One of the programs, the annual Military Youth of the Year Competition, honors our kids by recognizing their academic success, strong moral character, life goals and public speaking ─ and provides college scholarships to the winners.

State winners of the Military Youth of the Year each receive a $5,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Six military regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000, and are eligible to compete for the title of National Military Youth of the Year and a $20,000 scholarship. This year’s national event will take place Sept. 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C.

The National Military Youth of the Year will then go on to compete in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ National Youth of the Year competition, vying for a $25,000 scholarship, renewable for four years up to $100,000.

The National Military Youth of the Year will also serve a one-year term as the military youth spokesperson for the Department of Defense, the military services and the Boys & Girls Clubs.

This year’s regional winners, who will compete for the national title, are:

  • Wynona J., Northeast Military Youth of the Year from United States Army Garrison Fort Meade Children Youth and School Services, Maryland
  • Brandon J., Southeast Military Youth of the Year from United States Army Garrison Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • David Z., Southwest Military Youth of the Year from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Youth Program, Texas
  • Katherine C., Midwest Military Youth of the Year from United States Army Garrison Fort Knox Children Youth and School Services, Kentucky
  • Kaila L., Pacific Military Youth of the Year from Hill Air Force Base Youth Program, Utah
  • Julia N., Overseas Military Youth of the Year from Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany
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