2019 Dream Makers Outstanding Student Award Nominations

The Dream Makers Outstanding Student Award seeks to recognize the achievements of graduating seniors or first-year college students who participated in one or more of CYC programs. Students, selected from the pool of nominees, will receive $1,000, a laptop, and a commemorative award. The winners will be presented with the prizes at the annual Dream Makers Celebration on October 3, 2019 at Music Hall, where we may invite them to share their story with all attendees.

Students must be nominated by an adult familiar with their qualifications – a mentor, teacher, college advisor, or career specialist. In the spirit of CYC’s mission of “empowering children and young adults to overcome obstacles and succeed in education, career, and life,” students must submit a personal essay describing an obstacle they have faced and how they overcame it, and/or how they exemplify CYC’s values.

If you know a graduating senior or an incoming college sophomore who exemplifies CYC’s core values of empowerment, community, accountability, passion, and integrity, we invite you to nominate them for the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work. Please keep in mind that Outstanding Students are often asked to make appearances or give speeches at later events through the following year. Students with a strong track record for efficient communication and schedule management are highly desirable candidates.

All student nominees are encouraged to attend the Outstanding Student Celebration:

Outstanding Student Reception: June 4, 2019 at the Mayerson Academy Banquet Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Disclaimer: If selected as a winner, the student will be asked to participate in a video interview and photo shoot. Student may be asked to prepare and give a speech at the Dream Makers Celebration.

Both the nomination form and the student essay must be received electronically via CYC’s website by April 19, 2019.

Any questions or concerns may be emailed to Will Lampkin at wlampkin@cycyouth.org. All nominees will be notified of whether or not they have been selected for the award by mid-July.

Student Nominee Information




CYC Program:

Home Address:




Phone Number:

Email (non-school address):

Alternative, reliable contact method (Facebook? Instagram? Something else?):

If, for any reason, we are unable to contact the student, please list a reliable family member, guardian, or friend:





Nominator Information


Relationship to Nominee:





Phone Number:



The ideal length of response to each question is 150-200 words.

1. Briefly describe your nominee and his or her background, post-secondary plans and ambitions.
(3E Plan, Enrolled, Employed, Enlisted)

2. Provide examples of your nominee’s leadership skills, community involvement and academic achievements. (At home, school, work, volunteer, extra-curricular, hobbies, etc.)

3. How has CYC positively influenced your nominee, and how does your nominee embody CYC’s core values of Empowerment, Community, Passion, Accountability and Integrity?

Please include the nominee’s response to the two essay prompts below.

  1. Personal Essay - Please choose one or both of the questions below, 500 words or less:

    1. What is an obstacle you have faced in your life (personal, social, academic)? How did you overcome it, and how did it empower you?

    2. How have CYC programs (Mentoring, Talent Search, AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides, JCG, GEARUP) or its personnel (Mentor, College Advisor, Career Specialist) influenced your high school success?

  2. Technology Essay - In addition to the four Outstanding Student Award Winners who will each receive a laptop, one Outstanding Student Nominee will be awarded one, based on the essay below. Please answer in 250 words or less to be considered.

    1. How will technology empower you to reach your post-secondary goals?