The Jenkins Youth Leadership Award honors William C. (Bill) Jenkins. As a 29-year Scottsdale High School teacher and Scottsdale Mayor (1974 – 1980), Bill worked tirelessly for his students in the Social Sciences department and as their student government advisor. As a mayor, Bill took Scottsdale through rapid growth and through a recession. His accomplishments were many and included: building the first Scottsdale Senior Center, as well as completing the City Hall, Vista del Camino and Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt projects. Bill was a classic example of an unassuming, genuine, community-minded man.
The Jenkins Youth Leadership Award includes a $2,000 gift. Nominees must be in grades 11 or 12 (academic year) and meet one of these criteria:
- Attends a school within SUSD;
- Resides at a Scottsdale address or;
- Attends a school with a Scottsdale address
Nominators must be an adult other than a parent, guardian or sibling of the nominee.
Jenkins 2019 Nominations are closed.
Winner will be announced November 2019.
Nominees must represent Bill’s passion for leadership and community with these qualifications:
- Demonstrating excellent leadership at home, at school and in the community
- Exhibiting initiative and leadership potential in setting and achieving short and long-term goals
- Exhibiting an understanding of the skills effective leaders possess
Jenkins Youth Leadership Award / Scholarship Recipients
2018- Adway Gopakumar
2017 – Rachel Zoneraich
2016 – Jordyn Blew
2015 – Grace Taskinsoy
2014 – Sydney A. Allen
2013 – Karlene D. McCauley
2012 – Sage Knapp
2011 – Melissa Conrad
2010 – Noelle Rabiah
2009 – Benjamin Johnson
2008 – Theresa Kyte
2007 – Kaylie Marsh
2006 – Janelle Brown
2005 – JiaQi Bao & Maxwell Kanter
2004 – Tyler Parafinik
2003 – Brandon Curtis