Applications for the 2021 Scholarship are closed. Applications for the 2022 Scholarship will open in January.

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 2022 Teen Character Awards Ceremony held in April of 2022. If you have questions about the scholarship or your eligibility, please contact Matt Steingraber at msteingraber@ymcanw.org or call 715-362-9622.

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

Deadline for Submission: TBD

Award Amount: $500

Awards Available: 1

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 2022-2023 school Year

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

Quinn Lamers, 2021 Teen Character Scholarship Winner

Quinn is a straight-A student who is also a multi-sport athlete and captain. He’s been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship program, has a 4.6 GPA, and was recognized as a Wisconsin Academic All-State football player. He is a positive role model for our youth. He is respectful to everyone and everything. Things like please and thank you are heard all the time. He is the first person to greet and give high fives to young fans that attend games and will go out of his way to make them feel special. Rather than viewing leadership as a position of power achieved by dominating others, Quinn understands leadership to be an opportunity to lead by example while cheering on each team member’s successes. His true character shone when an injury forced him to miss most of his baseball season but rather than use it as an excuse to stay home or quit on the team, Quinn continued to come to every practice and game. He became the first base coach and spent his time teaching and giving positive feedback to his teammates.