Young Christian Leaders Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $1,000
Awards Available: 12
Award Deadline: Aug 30, 2024

Young Christian Leaders (YCL) Scholarships are monthly awards of $1,000 given to high school seniors and/or currently enrolled full-time college undergraduates who have been endorsed by their peers, family and spiritual leaders as a person possessing a profound measure of character, commitment to service, and financial need.

  • Awards are made as a LUMP SUM in the amount of $1,000 directly to the winner's college/university.
  • Scholarship funds must be applied toward undergraduate tuition, fees, room, board, books and other college expenses.
  • Applications may only be submitted once per calendar year by the 15th of the month before the applicant expects the award. (e.g., apply by April 15th for a May award)
  • All applications received by the 15th of the month will be considered for the next month's contest. Applications received after the 15th will be considered for the month after the next. (e.g., an application received on April 16th will be considered for June).
  • The scholarship contest period is from September 1st to August 30th.
  • A banquet will be held at the end of each scholarship contest year to honor the awardees.
  • All YCL application requirements must be included in the same package. Any documents or materials sent separately will not be accepted or returned.


High school seniors or active college students must:

  1. Be attending, active members of their local church. College students who attend school away from home will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and a representative from the Scholarship committee will verify the applicant's membership status with his or her home church.
  2. Have attained at least a 3.0 grade point average on 4.0 scale in previous school semester/marking period.
  3. Provide an official transcript from their high school or college that includes their GPA. An official transcript is obtained from the guidance counselor or college registrar. No report cards, progress reports, photo copies, faxes, or hand-delivered documents will be accepted.
  4. Be already enrolled or have plans to be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program.
  5. Be permanent residents of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, but may attend school outside of these areas."

How To Send Information To Scholarship Committee

Applicant must mail all required documents in ONE PACKAGE. The scholarship committee will not accept application materials that are mailed separately, hand-delivered, dropped off at the front desk, etc. All application packets must be mailed.

Please send completed application packet to the following address: Buttafuoco & Associates – Attn: Young Christian Leaders Scholarship – 9 Broadman Parkway, Jersey City, NJ 07305. Please Note: It is recommended that you mail the completed scholarship package by certified mail so you will have a receipt for your records.

Scholarship/Contest Rules

  • Pastors can recommend an unlimited amount of students to the scholarship program.
  • Only two students per church can be selected as a top 10 nominee for any given month, and no more than 24 students may be selected from the same church in a 12-month period.
  • Voting can only be done online via our
  • Each voter may have one vote per day, so repeat votes must be submitted on different days.
  • Nominees will accumulate points for thirty calendar days. The calendar month starts the 1st day of the month they are nominated and closes on the last day of that calendar month.
  • All qualified applicants will be automatically enrolled in each month’s nominee selection process for one year.

Selection Process

Once an application is successfully submitted, the selection committee sifts through all submissions and makes ten nominations for that month's voting and scoring. At the end of each month, all nominees are evaluated and their category scores are tallied. Each nominee must then satisfy a high enough score in four categories to receive the award. The two students with the highest point totals will be notified and awarded $1,000.

The categories are:

  1. Online votes(25 points);
  2. Character(25 points);
  3. Accomplishments/Service(25 points);
  4. Need(25 points)
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