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Armand Young

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Bio

Growing up, I knew one day I would attend college. Doing otherwise was never an option. I saw college as a microcosm of a broader world, a means of becoming self-sufficient, a necessary avenue to adulthood. My Mom often agonizes over paying for college even as she encourages me to plan on attending. Without a father in the house, she sacrifices tremendously, ensuring we are nurtured physically, emotionally, spiritually, and generally "well-rounded." My situation may be similar to others, yet I pray that I am selected to receive a scholarship which will help me to attain my goals of attending college (since doing otherwise was never a viable option), becoming an airline pilot or working in aviation. Funding will also allow me to continue volunteering in my community, something I am passionate about. Unselfish and concerned about my family I want to see my Mom happy, relieved of the unspoken stress she is experiencing and not agonizing over funding my education. In summary, I am a person willing to sacrifice for a cause, one who strives to do things the right way initially, doing my best in all I do, one who does not give up easily, willing to be uncomfortable if it means progressing. I learn from my mistakes and seek to correct them. I am not easily shaken but strive to maintain calmness in challenging situations. My experiences have taught me to be flexible and focused, with a growth mindset, meaning that with determination and good work ethic, I can accomplish whatever I put forth the effort to do, and grow in the process.

Education

Courtland High

High School
2019 - 2021
  • GPA:
    2.9

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Aviation & Aerospace

    • Dream career goals:

      Airline Pilot

    • Assisting clients with their purchases

      Walmart
      2020 – 20211 year
    • Cashier

      Cookout
      2021 – Present3 years
    • Service and Engagement Team

      Target
      2020 – 2020
    • Cook, Team Lead

      Hardee's
      2020 – 2020
    • Certified Basketball Referee and Baseball Umpire

      Fayetteville Parks and Recreations
      2016 – 20193 years

    Sports

    Basketball

    Junior Varsity
    2017 – 20192 years

    Football

    Varsity
    2017 – 20214 years

    Awards

    • Running Back

    Wrestling

    Varsity
    2019 – 20212 years

    Awards

    • School Award, District Award

    Track & Field

    Club
    2017 – 20192 years

    Research

    • Dog/Pet/Animal Grooming

      Independent Project for Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Rank — Project Manager/Project Leader
      2017 – 2019

    Arts

    • Destiny NOW Academy

      Acting
      No
      2015 – 2017

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Self Initiated — I performed various household tasks which posed a challenge for them such as lifting, painting, changing bulbs, yard work, etc.
      2015 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church — Served as an Aide Assisting the Directors with various tasks while children in Nursery and/or Children's Church
      2016 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church — Assisted with preparing and implementing various outreach projects.
      2015 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Thurman Brisben Center, Fredericksburg, VA — Assists with preparing meals and delivering them to Center for clients
      2020 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Boy Scouts of America — Served as a Mentor to younger male
      2017 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      For HIM — Assisted with Feeding Members of the Homeless Community
      2014 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Parks and Recreation — Baseball and Basketball Referee with City Parks and Recreation Department
      2016 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Center for Autism and Related Diseases — Assisting with setting up offices in preparation for opening to service clients
      2019 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities (including Veterans Administration) — Visitation, providing encouragement and emotional support
      2010 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. — Assisted with roadside clean-up
      2016 – 2020

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    In reflecting, my greatest achievement has been attaining the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts of America. Scouting provided me with opportunities I would not have otherwise experienced, allowing me to expand my playing field and area of outreach further than I could have ever imagined. To understand the significance of this accomplishment, I must share my “backstory.” FLASHBACK: My heart dropped as I watched each boy cross the wooden bridge. Each plank stepped on represented completing part of the journey toward earning the highest award in Cub Scouting, the Arrow of Light. Although eager to graduate from Cub to Boy Scout, I had not been serious. IF I had completed the requirements, I would have been with them. As each boy crossed and was honored, all I could do was watch, trying desperately to hold back tears. After the ceremony, I distinctly remember an adult voice, “IF you would’ve put your all into it, you would’ve also gotten this award.” At that point, I was determined to quit Scouting. I saw no reason to continue. A promise to my grandfather to give Boy Scouting one year before deciding to quit kept me in Scouting. Seven years later this scenario replays itself whenever I am hesitant to complete a task. Replaying my missing the Arrow of Light propelled me to work harder, to be conscientious and responsible. In retrospect, I forfeited some learning opportunities by giving minimal effort, ultimately resulting in my not walking the bridge. Changing course, after initially wanting to quit, I decided that I would give my best in everything. CHALLENGE: The culminating goal in Scouting is earning the rank of Eagle Scout, indicative of a lifetime of service, and the completion of a project reflecting who I am as a leader; basically, an assessment of whether I can lead others. As the leader, a major requirement was my ability to display a mastery of leadership skills by selecting, planning, developing, and implementing a project while providing guidance to others. This entailed deciding on a project which would meet a need in the community, outlining the steps required to complete the project, securing funding, recruiting, training, and engaging workers. Building 20 elevated outdoor dog beds for a local animal shelter would keep the dogs from having to sleep on the cold concrete. My plan called for about 10 helpers working as sub-teams to put the beds together. I recruited and trained members of my Troop who were eager to assist me. I demonstrated leadership by being knowledgeable about my project, defining the project steps, communicating this to my Scoutmaster and Troop members, providing hands-on training, monitoring the project development, and adjusting where necessary. As each bed was completed, I inspected it to ensure it met the defined standard of being sturdy enough to support a dog up to 30 pounds. At the end of each work session, I led an evaluation of what had been accomplished and thanked each person for their assistance. LESSON: Leadership is challenging, especially when having to try to understand others you are responsible for, trying to be fair and impartial, and yet get the job done. Key to my effectiveness in helping and leading others was the realization that we were providing a necessary community service. VICTORY: Transcending my Arrow of Light experience, my Scouting career was celebrated in 2019 when I received the highest honor in Scouting, the Eagle Scout Award. Standing there, as I was honored, I tried desperately to hold back tears. After the ceremony, I distinctly remember the same adult voice jubilantly telling me, “Congratulations Eagle Scout Armand Young. I KNEW you would rise to the challenge and reach this the highest level in Scouting.” FORWARD: It is kind of hard to realize I have come this far but doing my best is ingrained in me, especially by my Mom, whose selfless efforts and sacrifices ensure my two brothers, and I are prepared to succeed in life. In the future, it is my goal to always give my best in everything I do, to persevere, to never stop trying, realizing that not initially succeeding does not necessarily mean failure. STEPPINGSTONE: On June 1, 2021, my Mom was furloughed due to changing workplace conditions. With this potential setback, loss of income, she is more determined than ever, holding on to the hope that somehow, I WILL attend Old Dominion in August. As she pursues a permanent job, she is working several temporary jobs to sustain the family.
    JuJu Foundation Scholarship
    Reflecting on my greatest inspiration in life or what drives me, I readily honor my Mom. She is, and has been, the one to see my potential and has encouraged me to never give up, to believe that I can be or do whatever I desire, no matter how things look or whatever the situation. From fifth to ninth grades, my family’s living conditions were unstable. For months, my Mom, brothers and I slept on the floor at a friend’s house since we had no electricity. On another occasion, we had to find housing and move within thirty days. During these times, Mom continued to work and support our activities. Observing Mom’s actions and hearing her encouraging words, we felt that we could overcome any circumstance. My grades were impacted; yet, Mom understood, inspiring me to keep moving forward. The oldest of three boys, I voluntarily took on responsibilities necessary for my own as well as my brothers’ well-being. This was especially challenging in 2019 when my Mom faced extenuating working conditions. For eight months, Mom drove from North Carolina to Virginia seeking better economic conditions. She accepted a higher paying job after being told she could manage the job without moving. This did not work. Mom needed to be in Virginia to manage multiple offices. As she drove back and forth, averaging three days weekly in Virginia, my brothers and I spent time with our grandparents or a family friend. On weekends, when Mom was home, she was involved in our activities in church, Scouting, or community-sponsored events for which we volunteered. Ending a tiring weekend, she drove to Virginia early Monday morning to begin another work week. After Mom’s eight months driving back and forth and living in Airbnbs, we finally moved to start my Junior year of high school, and my brothers’ eighth and ninth grade years. Fast forward to the latest challenge. On June 1, 2021, my Mom received word that she was being laid off due to changing conditions in the workplace. With this potential setback, she is more determined than ever, holding on to the hope that I WILL attend Old Dominion in August. As she pursues a permanent job, she is working several temporary jobs to sustain the family. I have been taught, "Do your best and God will do the rest." Standing on this promise, I desperately seek college funding. Without assistance, my Mom cannot pay for college. My Mom’s work ethic, sacrifice and selfless efforts propel me to be conscientious, responsible, focused, and determined, qualities that helped me to overcome challenges in my past, and will help me succeed in life, INCLUDING attaining my goal of college and becoming a pilot. As long as my Mom, my inspiration, has not given up on my goal, and continues to inspire me, I cannot and will not give up either. What drives me? Basically, my desire to succeed, and to never let my Mom down after all she has sacrificed for our family.