For the past 19 years, the YMCA of the Northwoods has been honoring teens who demonstrate outstanding character and live the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The YMCA Teen Character Scholarship, made possible by the Steingraber Family, was created to reward students for exuding exemplary character in their lives and communities. This scholarship is a chance for the YMCA to help these students get a chance to prepare for a career in which they can continue to demonstrate positive character values.

Our goal is to build the teen leaders of today into the leaders of tomorrow. Any current or former YMCA of the Northwoods Teen Character Award recipient is eligible to submit an essay (1000 word max) about what you believe character is and how you plan to display character in your life both now and in the future. The essay must be submitted with the application form below.

If you are selected as the recipient of this year’s scholarship, you will be invited to attend the 2021 Teen Character Awards Ceremony held on April 15, 2021, at the Hodag Dome in Rhinelander. If you have questions about the scholarship or your eligibility, please contact Matt Steingraber at or call 715-362-9622.

Deadline for Submission: April 2, 2021

Award Amount: $500

Awards Available: 1

Prerequisite: Must be a current or former YMCA of the Northwoods Teen Character Award Winner

Degree/Career: Must be studying or working toward a career in Youth Development, Healthy Living, or Social Responsibility

Grade: Must attend a Two-year, Four-year, Accredited College, Accredited University, Accredited Technical School or Accredited Vocational School during the 2021-2022 school Year

Academics: Must be in academic good standing with their current school

Applications for the 2021 Scholarship are closed. Please watch the awards on April 15th to see our first scholarship recipient!