The Young Humanitarian Scholarship & Award recognizes a graduating high school senior who exemplifies the spirit of goodwill, volunteerism, philanthropy and humanitarianism through the work or service they are engaged in to benefit others. 

The award and scholarship were created to support young humanitarians who have passion, dedication and commitment to make a change for the better in their community.  A young humanitarian student is service-minded, encourages others, demonstrates strong leadership, is engaged in volunteer or philanthropic activities, contributes to improving the lives of others and is deeply committed to public service to bring about positive social change and/or aid to the underserved. 

Students can self-apply or be nominated by an adult leader who has directly worked with the student nominee.


One-time gift of $2,000; to be used for tuition or other expenses for either undergraduate or graduate studies at a college or university in Arizona.


The scholarship is funded by Tempe philanthropists Jenny Norton & Bob Ramsey of the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation.


This award will be presented by Tempe Community Council at the 36th Annual Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards Ceremony & Dinner, being held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019; the recipient will be required to attend the awards ceremony.


  • Graduating from high school in 2019
  • Must live, work, serve or attend high school within the Tempe city boundaries
  • Must be planning to attend an Arizona university or college and be enrolled, or in the process of enrolling, in the 2019 fall semester
  • Demonstrates an active commitment during middle/high school to unpaid volunteer efforts promoting the well-being and quality of life for others
  • Demonstrates volunteer leadership achievements
  • Displays humanitarian principles by word and deed
  • Has a rooted passion to help others
  • Must be available to attend the 2019 Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards event on October 2


  • Demonstrates a consistent record of community service. Though there is value in brief service efforts with many different fragile populations, sustained and focused service efforts will be considered more meaningful.
  • Candidates for final consideration will be asked to participate in a personal interview in June.


Nominations can be submitted online by using the form below or by printing the application and submitting to via email, mail, fax, or hand-delivered to:

Tempe Community Council
c/o Cindy Kominska
34 E. 7th Street, Tempe, AZ  85281  |   Fax 480.858.2319  |  Questions? 480.858.2310

Nominations Due June 16, 2019