The Youth Community Service Award Program has been the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island’s most visible community effort for more than 40 years. Begun in 1980 as an idea of Carol Wolf, 1979-80 President, it was designed to reward Hilton Head Island students. The first award was a $75 savings account earned by Peggy Carey, a junior at May River Academy.
By 1984, the organization presented a pre-teen award of $100 and a teen award of $200. In 1986 the amount jumped to $500 and remained there until recently when it increased again. Until 1994 the Youth Awards were given to students in various grades, from sixth graders to high school seniors.
The Youth Community Service Awards program now recognizes local graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary service to the community. The number and amount of awards presented each year vary based on WAHHI’s finances.
Well over 100 students have been recognized since the program’s inception in 1980, and thousands of dollars have been awarded. These monetary awards honor recipients’ civic contributions.
Shown above are Caroline Denckhoff, Daniela Lopez and Audrey Perry, during the Youth Community Service Award Ceremony.
The following students were not able to attend: Samantha Reilly, Sam Rembold, Julia Delgado and Whitney McGuire.
To apply for a Youth Award, students complete an application and submit it before the due date. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited High School or Home School Program within the geographical boundaries of WAHHI.
The WAHHI 2023-2024 Youth Community Service Award Application will be available after January 1, 2024
If you have any questions, please contact the WAHHI Youth Community Service Award Chairwoman, using the Contact Us form.