Santa Clara County Salute to Youth


Youth Focus Inc. is pleased to announce the

 Santa Clara County Annual
“Salute to Youth/Youth Hall of Fame” Awards Program

Salute to Youth

The Santa Clara County “Salute to Youth/Youth Hall of Fame” Awards Program provides an opportunity to recognize young people for their contributions in a wide-rage of unique categories. Youth Focus Inc. is proud to be the only local organization recognizing youth in so many unique areas of recognition.

More than $7,000 IN EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded at the 41st Annual Santa Clara County “Salute to Youth” Dinner.

The Santa Clara County “Salute to Youth” Program is a prestigious youth awards program honoring young people of merit for outstanding accomplishment in a wide range of unique categories including Sports/Athletics, Community Service, Religion, Vocational Arts, Visual Arts, Science, Volunteerism, Agriculture, Heroism, Youth in Leadership, Youth in Government, Performing Arts, Humanitarian Contribution, and other meaningful categories. Learn more about all the Areas of Recognition and read the descriptions in the Program Details below.

Every nominee will receive a beautiful trophy and a certificate of commendation at a special recognition dinner on the evening of Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at The San Jose Scottish Rite located at 2455 Masonic Drive in San Jose, CA 95125. Winners in each category will be awarded a scholarship.

 

Age Requirement
Nominees must be between the ages of 14 and 19.

 

Qualification for Nomination
The nominee must be a resident of the county of Santa Clara or attend school in Santa Clara County. The nominee may be considered for a single act of accomplishment or may have a long history of achievement, accomplishment and/or community service involvement. The young person being nominated must have achieved and accomplished something of significance that sets that individual apart from others. If the nominee has a proven record of accomplishment please use only the last three (3) years of historical information for submission. The nominee also authorizes and permits Youth Focus Inc. to utilize, at their discretion, any telecasts, radio broadcasts, motion pictures, video, photographs of contestant and information submitted on all official forms for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without compensation of any kind.

 

Method of Application/Nomination
Any student ages 14-19 may apply themselves or be nominated by a youth or community organization, service or fraternal organizations, local newspaper, radio, or T.V. stations, members of the media, county or city agencies, community leaders, ministers, teachers, coaches or school counselors.

 

Who Makes the Awards Selection?
The “Salute to Youth” Board of Governors consists of well-known and respected men and women of the community who have a knowledge and expertise in the various categories for nomination. The Board of Governors reserves the right to reassign nominees to another category of recognition if it is determined by them that another category is more applicable to the submission. In the event there are two or more comparable entries, the Board of Governors may select more than one nominee. The Board of Governors decision will be final in all cases.

 

What is the Procedure for Application/Nomination?

1. Complete the Application/Nomination form below.

2. Upload a Letter of Recommendation (SEE SAMPLE). Nominations without a letter of recommendation will not be accepted. You may also submit no more than three (3) pages of supporting materials in addition to the letter of recommendation for total of four (4) pages. Any additional pages will be removed from the application prior to the screening of the nominations. Although the student may have a long history of community involvement, the information presented should show a proven record of accomplishment(s) in the past three years. Please be as complete and detailed in your submissions as possible. This is the only information that will be used to judge our nominees.

3. Deadline for submission is no later than Wednesday March 8, 2017, using the online form below.

 

Areas of Recognition
  • Academic Achievement (Regina Dark Scholarship)
    Accomplishment/achievement of a significant nature in the area of academic achievement reflecting dedication and commitment to scholastic excellence. Nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model in inspiring others to strive for scholastic achievement.
  • Applied Arts (Categorical Scholarship)
    Recognition for significant achievement and accomplishment in any area of the applied arts listed below. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model, leader, innovator with noted dedication, accomplishment and or service relating to an area of applied arts including:

    • Speech and debate
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Creative writing
  • Agriculture (Ed Vargas Scholarship)
    Recognition for significant achievement and accomplishment in the field of agriculture. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model, dedication and service in this area inspiring others to greater levels of commitment and involvement.
  • Business and Entrepreneurship (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in the area of youth entrepreneurship and or finance. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model inspiring others to greater achievement. The nominee in this category must have had his/her own business or made a significant contribution in leadership to a local business or enterprise.
  • Community Service (Lonnie Toensfeldt Scholarship) *
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in the area of community service that contributes to the welfare of our society and the betterment of our community life. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model reflecting their dedication to the community and/or service to others.
  • Community Awareness – Educational Contribution (Categorical Scholarship)
    Contribution of a significant nature by a youth who has given in a meritorious manner, to the betterment of our society or school environment in demonstrating a willingness to spearhead educational awareness on timely social issues confronting today’s society. Nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model in motivating and inspiring others.
  • Cultural Understanding (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in the area of cultural understanding providing leadership and inspiring others to provide opportunities for multicultural exchange, fostering a spirit of brotherhood resulting in a greater understanding of one, or a group of ethnic cultures within the community or school environment.
  • Environmental Contribution (Categorical Scholarship)
    Recognition for significant achievement and accomplishment in the field of environmental concerns/issues for the betterment of the community. Nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model, dedication and service in this area.
  • Family Life Contribution (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in fulfilling family responsibilities as a youth due to extenuating circumstances which necessitated assuming all or portions of major domestic responsibilities or financial assistance in sustaining a home environment for the benefit of the family. Nominee should have demonstrated leadership and contribution in assisting the family as a role model for others.
  • Government Involvement (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment of a significant nature in serving or participating in government, e.g. political issues, or serving elected officials in political campaigns or community issues as part of our legislative process. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model as youth in government inspiring others to take an active role in our democratic process.
  • Heroism (Categorical Scholarship)
    Recognition for a significant act(s) of heroism for the benefit of others, taking a great risk of health and life to assist others in a heroic deed(s).
  • Humanitarian Contribution (Patricia Seymour Scholarship)
    Contribution of a significant nature by a youth who has given in a meritorious manner to the betterment of our society to an individual, family, or organization demonstrating a willingness to serve his/her fellow man and foster a spirit of brotherhood and service to mankind. Nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model in motivating and inspiring others.
  • Inspirational (Suzette Galloway Scholarship) *
    Achievement of a significant nature, by a youth who has overcome physical restrictions, and has accomplished meritoriously in spite of restrictions and limitations. Nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model in motivating and inspiring others.
  • Journalism (Categorical Scholarship)
    Recognition for significant achievement and accomplishment in the area of journalism. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model, dedication and service in this area inspiring others to greater levels of commitment and involvement.
  • Leadership (Kimberly With Scholarship)
    Accomplishment/achievement of a significant nature in the area of leadership including but not limited to student body offices, class or club offices, chairperson positions, club affiliations, committee participation and any or all other leadership activities which add to the betterment of school or community life. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model, dedication and service in leadership inspiring others to active participation.
  • Mathematics (Categorical Scholarship)
    Recognition for significant achievement and accomplishment in the field of mathematics. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model, dedication and service in this area inspiring others to greater levels of commitment and involvement.
  • Organizational Contribution (Group) (Mary Worth Scholarship)
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature as a COMMUNITY GROUP OR ORGANIZATION in service to others or a program(s) which has benefited an individual, a group, a family, a community program, or the community at large. Organization should have demonstrated contribution, commitment/service as a role model group for others.
  • Organizational Involvement (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in the advancement of an organization for the benefit of youth/community life. The nominee should have demonstrated leadership qualities and or a team effort and been a support force to the leadership of an organization. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model in dedication and service inspiring others to aspire to greater levels of leadership or organizational involvement.
  • Performing Arts
    • Tom Tomasello Scholarship – Instrumental
    • Alice Faye Meyers Scholarship – Dance
    • Benny Smith Scholarship – Theater Arts

Recognition for significant achievement/accomplishment in the performing arts to include; the dramatic arts, music, dance, and theater. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model in dedication and service relating to this area.

  • Photography (Eddie Chong Scholarship)
    Accomplishment/achievement of a significant nature in photography, reflecting dedication and commitment to his or her study of photography and demonstrating significant accomplishment and achievement.
  • Religion (Edna May Thompson Scholarship)
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in the area of religion and or religious leadership or service to the welfare and benefit of others. The nominee should have demonstrated leadership, charity, dedication and service as a role model inspiring others to a greater commitment to their faith.
  • Science, Technology & Robotics (Tom Galloway Scholarship) *
    Accomplishment/achievement of a significant nature in an area of science or technology, including robotics, reflecting dedication and commitment to his or her studies demonstrating significant accomplishment and achievement.
  • Sports/Athletics (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in the area of athletics. Nominee should have demonstrated leadership and contribution as a role model, inspiring others to strive for a greater commitment to excellence.
  • Student Body President (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment/achievement of a significant nature in the position of student body (ASB) president including outstanding dedication, commitment, leadership and/or serving as a role model to inspire others to become involved.
  • Visual Arts (Robert Romero Scholarship)
    Accomplishment/achievement of a significant nature in the visual arts, reflecting dedication and commitment to his or her study of art and demonstrating significant accomplishment and achievement.
  • Vocational Education (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in the area of vocational training/industrial arts reflecting dedication and commitment to the development of life-long skills for life enhancement. The nominee should have demonstrated contribution as a role model inspiring others to strive for greater accomplishment and achievement.
  • Volunteerism (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment/achievement of a significant nature in the area of volunteerism, reflecting dedication and commitment to volunteering, demonstrating significant accomplishment and achievement, and encouraging others to volunteer in service to their school or community.
  • Yearbook/Student Newspaper Editor (Categorical Scholarship)
    Accomplishment/achievement of a significant nature by a student who has served as an editor for their school yearbook or newspaper reflecting dedication, commitment, leadership and/or a significant accomplishment in their contributions to the production of the yearbook or newspaper publication. (Please also see “Applied Arts” and “Journalism” above to nominate a student for creative writing or journalism.)
  • Youth/Peer Role Model (Lorraine Palmer Scholarship)
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in the area of gaining the confidence and respect of peers as a youth/peer role model, inspiring others to strive for greater achievement, accomplishment and a standard of excellence.
  • Any Other Category Not Listed Above
    Accomplishment and achievement of a significant nature in any other category not listed above.

 

*Special Awards are selected in the following areas (described above):

Lonnie Toensfeldt Community Service Award

Suzette Galloway Most Inspirational Award

Tom Galloway Science, Technology & Robotics Award

Additionally, the Salute to Youth program selects recipients of the James J. Guido Spirit of Youth Scholarships:

James J. Guido Spirit of Youth Award and Salute to Youth Ambassador/Ambassadress

First Alternate James J. Guido Spirit of Youth Award
Second Alternate James J. Guido Spirit of Youth Award
Third Alternate James J. Guido Spirit of Youth Award
Fourth Alternate James J. Guido Spirit of Youth Award
Fifth Alternate James J. Guido Spirit of Youth Award

 

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