The Young Ambassador Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, is awarded annually to a student under the age of 25, who resides in The Eye-Bank's service area of New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange Counties), and who has worked to increase public awareness about eye, organ, and tissue donation. Students must be high school seniors entering college, or students currently enrolled in a two- or four-year college, trade or technical school. The Scholarship is named in memory of Christopher Nordquist, who died at age two and left the gift of sight to two people.
Applicants are encouraged to focus on projects utilizing social media outreach and other creative ways such as Zoom to gain publicity. Applicants may also distribute brochures, speak to a class or club or conduct a tabling event where possible to encourage New Yorkers to enroll in the NYS Donate Life Registry via smartphone, laptop or computer.
Applicants may request a designated URL to track Donate Life Registry enrollments (contact firstname.lastname@example.org). The URL would be active from the date provided until May 15.
Applicants should write a short essay, 1-2 typewritten pages, doubled-spaced, describing an educational or public service initiative in which the student participated that promoted eye, organ and tissue donation (eye information must be included).
The Eye-Bank can provide promotional materials needed for any outreach program. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.