Young American Awards (YAA) Program
Each year, our members are proud to honor outstanding Fairfield County high school seniors who stand out from their peers in the following areas:
- Understanding and support of the US Constitution
- Outstanding leadership potential
- Voluntary involvement in community service
School administrators of participating schools each select one student who best meets the above criteria. The selected student (now designated as a YAA nominee) then submits his/her information in an online application which includes a short endorsement of the candidate written by the school guidance counselor (or senior JROTC instructor at certain schools).
Once the application is completed and received by our committee, the nominee is invited with those from other schools to attend a ceremonial banquet in May in their honor. Their parents are invited to the banquet as guests of WCMOA to help us pay tribute to these fine young Americans.
At the banquet, a most impressive formal military affair, each nominee receives the YAA Award. Generous monetary scholarship awards are presented to top awardees with funds generated by members’ contributions, plus donations by local private and corporate sponsors. During the evaluation process the YAA selection committee considers academic achievements and awards, extra-curricular school service projects/athletic activities, leadership positions, voluntary community service work, patriotic efforts, college/military/career plans, and the nominee’s essay.
In keeping with the theme of the YAA Program, special attention is focused on the nominee’s leadership potential and patriotism.