2017 #TheNextGen Emerging Young Leaders Scholarship Overview

#TheNextGen Change Makers Scholarship is designed to expose and support groundbreaking young voices to the domestic conference of there choice which will help future career opportunities, and community development. Recipients will benefit from the financial compensation and exposure to and networking with conference members. Awardees will benefit by developing a talent pool of future industry leaders and through the heightened awareness of social issues within their chosen field.


Candidates will be emerging young leaders who are looking to be an established voice for a cause they are deeply passionate about. Candidates must not have received a previous scholarship from any major conference in their field and unable to attain support from their respective organization. Additionally, the selected recipient is highly encouraged to submit workshop proposals for their conference (if possible). Support will be provided on how to write an abstract and submit workshop proposals.

Selection Process

We will notify the awardees via email announcing the program and explaining the goals. Then a representative will follow-up on ways to encourage participation and to raise awareness for the program. Each application will be reviewed by a diverse panel of community leaders to review the applications submitted from qualifying applicants and then recommend up to three applications to for final review. Once the applications are submitted to the review committee the Selection committee will review the applications and select one recipient for a conference scholarship to be awarded to each awardee (up to $500). (The Awardee will  be given information and resources from the conferences and other funders to work to cover travel, lodging and other expenses.) The decisions by review committee are final. Previous awardees are not eligible. Winners will be notified in April 2017.


Scholarship Application

Scholarship candidates will be required to submit the following here:

  •   Brief Bio Letter –  Stating who you are and where you come from.
  •   Essay – 500 words or less stating Your plans on how you will use your voice in your community post-conference.
  •   Resume/CV
  • Submit reference letters from two community representatives who know you and support your advocacy.

For example, a professor, counselor, spiritual advisor, supervisor, or a mentor. If applicable, a career counselor or job trainer but NOT a family member or personal friend.


Up to 5 scholarships will be awarded annually (1 per participant)

Each scholarship will consist of:
  • Up to $500 scholarship to be provided to the conference of recipient choosing;
  • Hands on mentorship from Benjamin on how to prepare for your conference
  • Opportunities to be apart of workshops, presentations, and networking meetings to encourage development in the field of recipients choosing
  •   January 23rd – Applications Open for Submission.
  •  February 20th – Applications Due by midnight.
  •   Early April  – Contact selected recipients.
  •   Mid-April – Issue News release announcing scholarship recipients.
  •   July – Contact recipients regarding travel plans and meeting details.