Outstanding Young Alumni Award


Nominate a HOBY alumnus for the Outstanding Young Alumni Award!

The HOBY Outstanding Young Alumni Award was created to recognize and honor HOBY alumni ages 25 and under for their outstanding accomplishments and service.

Recipients of this award have distinguished themselves as impactful leaders, having served in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities, started their own non-profits, and made a significant difference in the lives of others because of their HOBY experience.

Outstanding Young Alumni applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and selected to receive this prestigious award at a HOBY Leadership Award event. These events are currently hosted in (but not limited to) New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago.

Who Qualifies?

        HOBY alumni ages 25 or under who:

  • Attended a HOBY Leadership Seminar, World Leadership Congress (WLC), Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA), Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW), or were an International Tour participant* and
  • Have completed a minimum of 100 Leadership for Service hours*
        *All information must be verifiable 

The Prize:

  • Trip for the winner and a guest to the Leadership Awards event (including airfare or drive expenses within the U.S.) and hotel accommodations for two the evening of the event
  • Four tickets (the honoree plus three guests) to the Leadership Awards event
  • $500 to be used either toward college/university tuition to continue education or to donate to a non-profit of choice

Key Dates:

  • Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered throughout the year
  • Anyone may nominate an alumnus or you may nominate yourself
  • Winners must be present at the Leadership Awards event to accept their award

What You'll Need:

  • Nominee’s personal information and photos
  • To answer application questions in one sitting
  • Two-minute video highlighting nominee's accomplishments


Click Here to nominate an alumnus today!


Past recipients of the HOBY Outstanding Young Alumni Award


  • Marta Belcher, HOBY California Los Angeles, 2006
  • Abigail Wheeler, HOBY California Central & WLC, 2009
  • Joshua Ford, HOBY New York West & World Leadership Congress, 2005
  • Michael Young, HOBY Arizona & World Leadership Congress, 2009


  • Beth Awalt, HOBY Maryland, 2004
  • Kevin Chaves, HOBY New York, 2012


  • Virginia Newsome, HOBY Kentucky, 2011
  • Sara Surani, HOBY Texas, 2012


  • Sonya Stanczyk, HOBY Connecticut, 2012
  • Sydney Kamen, HOBY Washington, DC, 2013
  • Connor Brady, HOBY North Carolina, 2008
  • Juan David Aristizabal, HOBY World Leadership Congress, 2005


  • Katherine Middleton, HOBY Ohio South, 2007
  • Vishnu Nistala, HOBY Ohio North, 2014
  • O. Falade, HOBY Florida Mid & World Leadership Congress, 2008
  • Jill Durso, HOBY Connecticut, 2013


  • Annie Dempsey, HOBY Georgia, 2014
  • Max Rubenstein, HOBY Georgia North West, 2016
  • Niharika Vattikonda, HOBY Virginia, 2016
  • Emmah Bowers, HOBY Pennsylvania Central, 2015


  • Brandon Harris, HOBY Maryland, 2016