Asbury to Award Scholarships During Youth Salute – Asbury University
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May 5, 2016

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Students practice listening skills during a leadership workshop at Youth Salute 2013.

WILMORE, Ky. — Committed to making college possible for every student, Asbury University will host Youth Salute, an annual scholarship competition organized by the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership and Holifield Photography, on May 8.

Intended to promote leadership among high school students, Youth Salute is also a great example of Asbury’s commitment to accessibility. More than 98 percent of Asbury’s traditional undergraduate students receive financial aid, and more than 50 percent of the average student’s tuition is covered by total gift aid (scholarships and grants).

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An invitation-only event, Youth Salute will bring nearly 750 registered guests (296 students and 453 parents) to Asbury’s campus on Sunday. Students will compete for scholarships, become familiar with campus and enjoy a seminar with motivational speaker and leadership coach Carole Harder. Parents will also participate in informational seminars, covering topics like national changes to the financial aid process, what to ask on a campus tour, the pros and cons of dual enrollment and more.

At the Youth Salute awards ceremony, emceed by FOX 56 anchor Marvin Bartlett, Asbury will award five $4,000 scholarships to rising seniors who exemplify leadership in their schools. Youth Salute participants Georgetown College and Eastern Kentucky University will also give five $4,000 awards each for a total of 15 scholarships.

Now in its 36th year, Youth Salute came to Central Kentucky through the efforts of Asbury alumnus Jim Holifield ’70 of Holifield Photography. Informed by a background in social work and juvenile detention, Holifield wanted to encourage young leaders and to present them as role models for younger students. 

“We need to incentivize young leaders and encourage them to be role models,” Holifield said. “That’s why we’ve sustained this for 36 years so far. Asbury University has been a fantastic partner, and we’re thrilled to be coming there this weekend.”

Asbury Visit Coordinator Mallary Wiley ’05 looks forward to celebrating students’ accomplishments on Sunday.

“We are so excited to introduce parents and students to our campus through Youth Salute,” Wiley said. “We look forward to honoring high school students who have excelled in leadership and helping them navigate their college search.”


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