Michael L. Young Scholarship Application

In honor of Michael Young who served as chairman of LEAD, the LEAD Board has established this scholarship. Michael graduated in 1965 from Langston High School. Educated in the Johnson City school system, Michael attended Douglas Elementary School and was an alumni of the last graduating class of Langston High School, which closed when Johnson City schools desegregated. He served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969 and subsequently earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from East Tennessee State University.  Michael worked for Hensel Phelps in Denver, Colorado, and retired from CSX Railroad in 2014, after 20 plus years of service.

Michael loved history, but he was particularly passionate about collecting and sharing knowledge of local history and the stories of our community and all its people.  His passion for Langston High School’s sense of community and its inspiring charge to its students, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” fueled his seemingly endless energy for preserving Langston artifacts, stories, and the structure itself.

He invested himself deeply in his role as Chairman of the LEAD Board of Directors to restore the old Langston High School building and preserve the culture, legacy and stories that embodied the Langston High School spirit. As a result, he worked passionately and tirelessly to see culmination of the cumulative efforts of LEAD’s and previous groups’ efforts come to fruition in the grand opening celebration of the Langston Centre in 2019.  Sadly, Michael passed early in 2020.  In memory of his passion for Langston High School and the Langston Centre, LEAD is establishing an annual scholarship that will grant five $1,000 awards to encourage young scholars to ignite their education with a passion for learning, but also to emulate Michael Young’s legacy of using education to serve and impact their community.

Applying for the Michael L. Young Scholarship

LEAD encourages students with a variety of strengths and experiences to apply and notes that academic grade point average is only one indicator of future success or effective leadership in a community.  If you are passionate and committed to accomplishing work that will benefit diverse communities and provide positive action toward building and sustaining community and individual development, interested students should complete the online application fully no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020, to be eligible. The online application is found  below.  Applicants will be notified of the selection outcome in early September.

Application Specifications

The deadline is Friday, August 21, 2020, no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Applicants are strongly advised to begin submission of all materials and content for the online application early, as late applications will not be accepted for any reason, including issues with electronic submission.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements: 

The Michael L. Young Memorial Scholarship will be offered annually to a high school senior who has been accepted for full-time enrollment in an accredited college, university, trade school, or seminary.

  • Must be a 2020 graduate of one of the following schools: Daniel Boone High School, David Crockett High School, Providence Academy, Science Hill High School, or University School
  • Must enroll full-time in an accredited 4-year University, 2-year College, trade school or seminary.
  • Demonstrates outstanding extracurricular involvement and volunteer commitment to the Johnson City/Washington County community.
  • Has a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.75 or higher.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Academic Record
  • Service to School, Church, and/or Broader Community
  • Finalists must attend a virtual interview by Zoom

Required Online Application and Short Essay Questions –

  • Submit a fully completed online application using the following URL link: http://leads.org/scholarship/
  • Answer the two short essay questions online, as below, in 300 words or less:
  1. If you could change anything about your community, what would it be, how would you be a positive catalyst to change, and what other groups or community members could you bring to a team to work in partnership with you?
  2. How will this scholarship benefit your ability to attend college?

 Scholarship Award Details:

  • Five (5) $ 1,000 scholarships will be awarded; $500 – fall semester, $ 500 – spring semester.
  • The LEAD Scholarship Committee will contact award recipients with specific terms of the award and awards will be presented at the Langston Centre.
  • The Michael L. Young Scholarship fund will send a check in the name the awardee to the financial aid office of the recipient’s college, university, or seminary.
  • Winners will be assigned a LEAD mentor(s) during first year of college.
  • Winners will be required to submit an essay/letter by June 30, 2021, about their first-year college experience and how they engaged with the LEAD mentor, the Langston Centre, and their community during the year.

 Scholarship application questions or requests for information should be addressed to: Ms. Joy Fulkerson at (423) 741-4621 or via email at fulkersj@etsu.edu