The LEAD RIGHT Scholarship Fund was established to recognize, celebrate and affirm Authentic Leadership among underrepresented low-income/first-generation (to attend college), minority students in the Washington, DC/Metropolitan area. We believe these students deserve to be seen and heard on college campuses. Their experiences inform their decisions to improve themselves through the pursuit of post-secondary educational opportunities, ultimately resulting in displays of selfless and righteous leadership in their homes, schools and communities.
While the enrollment gap between high-income and low-income college goers has narrowed from 36 percentage points in 1986 to 16 percentage points in 2016, the fact still remains that only 39% of low-income high school students are enrolling in four-year colleges and 24% in two-year colleges (Forbes.com, February 26, 2018). Moreover, the college enrollment rate for Black and Hispanic students hovers well below 40%, with both tied at 36%, compared to 65% for Asian students and 41% for White students (The Condition of Education 2019). These percentages are even lower for American Indian/Alaska Native students.
The DMV Youth Leadership Coalition is committed to providing one-time financial scholarships to underrepresented low-income/first-generation, minority students that have been accepted for enrollment at U.S. colleges/universities. Monetary scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to two (2) deserving females and two (2) deserving males in April/May 2020.
The application deadline for the 2019-2020 LEAD RIGHT Scholarship is Friday, February 28, 2020.
According to the 4-H National Youth Survey on Leadership (2016), ninety percent (90%) of young people say they are concerned about the future leadership of America, and two-thirds are more confident in the next generation of leaders than in the leaders they see today. More specifically, the online Harris Poll of 1,501 of the nation’s 9th through 12 grade students revealed the following:
- Most youth (81%) think leaders today are more concerned with their own agendas than with achieving the goals of their organizations.
- Seventy-six percent (76%) say leaders are focused on different priorities than what matters most to them.
- Half of youth rate government and political leaders as having weak leadership (51%), among the highest relative to other groups of leaders examined in the survey. Overall, weak leadership is related to not accomplishing what is promised (59%); not working collaboratively (56%); and not offering new solutions (53%).
- Most youth (96%) think leadership is important to addressing the country’s most pressing issues; but only one in three young people says they have the skills they need to be prepared to lead.
The DMV Youth Leadership Coalition was formed in September 2018 by the principals of Everyday Mentorship, LLC and ACHIEVEMENT SQUARE Development & Training Centers, Inc. to address these concerns. An assemblage of concerned adults in the Washington, DC/Metro area, we are committed to preparing tomorrow’s leaders today by hosting community events and offering monetary scholarships that help young people develop better senses of self-identity, self-respect and self-worth while preparing them to be leaders right where they are.
ACHIEVEMENT SQUARE Development & Training Centers, Inc. is recognized as a charitable, nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Our Tax Identification Number is: 81-5025311.