Young Woman Voluntarism Scholarship

The application deadline for our 2019 scholarship has passed. Please check back after January 2020.

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Our annual scholarship program awards $1,000 to a Maryland female graduating senior who has performed outstanding volunteer service during her high school years. The Junior League of Baltimore is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. By publicly recognizing and rewarding excellent volunteers, the Junior League applauds voluntarism in the community and hopes to encourage other young women to become committed to volunteering.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Has an outstanding volunteer service record, has achieved academic success, and shows the promise of continued success.
  • Resides in Maryland and attends a Maryland public, charter, private, community or parochial high school in one of the following counties: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, or Harford County.
  • Is a female graduating senior with plans to matriculate to an accredited, two- or four-year, post-secondary institution in Fall 2019. Scholarship recipient must provide verification of college enrollment. Funds will be paid directly to the college or university in which the student enrolls, in the student’s name.
  • Is not a current member or immediate relative of a current member of the Junior League of Baltimore.

If you have any questions, please email scholarship@jlbalt.org.


Spotlight on our 2019 Scholarship Winner: Emma Cotter

The Young Woman Voluntarism Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Emma Cotter. Emma has attended the Bryn Mawr School and for the past four years, she has been sharing her
knowledge and love of learning with the students at Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School (located in the Govans community) through an after-school tutoring program sponsored by Bryn Mawr.

After realizing that science instruction did not begin until the 7th grade due to budget constraints, Emma  approached the faculty at Lillie May about the possibility of developing and running her own after school science program and they were very supportive. She put together a proposal and submitted to her school and gained approval. She began her after-school science program at the beginning of her senior year and it was a success. She had 12 students from 5th and 6th grade who participated in activities that were both educational and fun while introducing them to the world of science. From that experience, Emma learned that no matter who you are, you have a gift to give and that everyone has a part to play in the betterment of their community. She was awarded the Broadus Community Service Project award – it is an annual award given to a Bryn Mawr student who has shown a passion for community service in Baltimore.

Emma will be attending the University of Maryland in the fall and will be majoring in biological sciences.  We wish her well in her future endeavors and thank her for her work bettering the community of Baltimore.