Whitney Young Awards

The 2018 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Awards


whitney_youngThe Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is named on behalf of Whitney M. Young, Jr., a prominent social reformer and civil rights leader. Born July 31, 1922, in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, he earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 1947. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. Young worked quietly to improve African-American workplace and community conditions. The national Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is designed to recognize “unsung heroes” – those who do exceptional service for disadvantaged youth. The mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Luncheon is to celebrate community resources in support of the Scouting Program for at-risk youth, and further provide experiences that develop self-esteem, character values, and life skills thereby.


2018 Recipients

City Year

Rotary Club of Tulsa

Sanjay Meshri, Advance Research Chemicals, Inc.

Mathew A. Brainerd, Brainerd Chemicals Company, Inc.

James F. Adelson, Nadel and Gussman

Joseph W. Craft, III Foundation

Sponsorship Levels

  • $5,000 | Premium Seating for 10, Supports 27 Scouts for a Full Year
  • $2,500 | Premium Seating for 8, Supports 13 Scouts for a Full Year
  • $1,000 | Includes Seating for 8, Supports 5 Scouts for a Full Year
  • $200 | Includes Seating for 3, Supports 1 Scout for a Full Year
  • $75 | Individual Ticket, Supports Continued Services & Programs for Youth


Nathan Lott, Senior District Executive

nlott@okscouts.org | (918) 743-6125


Past Award Recipients

 Arvest Bank Marsha Mitchell, The Little Light House 
 Bank of America   Marvin Blades 
 Barbara & Thomas E. Naugle  Melinda Stinnett, Stinnett & Associates 
 Bill John Baker, Principal Chief Cherokee Nation  Melton Truck Lines 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma Michael Johnson, Williams Company
 Carlisle Mabrey, Citizens Security Bank  Millard House II, Tulsa Public Schools 
 Honorable Judge Carlos Chappelle Muscogee Creek Nation 
 Dr. Cathy Burden, Retired Superintendent Union Public Schools  The Nordam Group, Inc. 
 Chadwick Smith, Principal Chief Charokee Nation  ONEOK, Inc.  
 Reverend Clarence Boyd  Owasso Community Resources  
 Community Service Council  Pat Baldwin, KTUL  
 City Councilman Jack Henderson, District 1   Paula Marshall, Bama Companies 
 County Wide Gang Task Force  Ray Driscoll, Tulsa Fire Department  
 Honorable Judge David Winslow, District Court Family Law Richard Boone, St. John Health System Foundation 
 Dick Williamson, T.D. Williamson, Inc.  Sarah and John Graves
 Family & Children’s Services Mr. Stan Gardner, Scoutmaster & Community Volunteer
 Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Sheriff Stanley Glanz 
 The Grace & Franklin Bernsen Foundation Dr. Tom Mckeon, Tulsa Community College 
 The Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Tony Brown 
 Greenwood Cultural Center  Tulsa Area United Way 
 Hannibal Johnson   Tulsa Boys Home 
 Hardesty Family Foundation, Inc. Tulsa Community Foundation 
 Mr. Henry Zarrow  Tulsa Metro Chamber
 Howard Bennett, OSU Tulsa  Tulsa Metro Drugs & Violent Crimes Task Force
 Jeff Reasor, Reasor’s Tulsa’s Young Professionals
  Dr. Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation
 Kevin Sartorius, Catholic Charities  Wesley Mitchell
KJRH Food 2 Families  William K. Warren Foundation
 Larry Mocha  Posthumously, Adina and Ivan Williams, Williams Construction
 Lester Shaw, Pocket Full of Hope  Yolanda Charney, Community Advocate
 Mark Walker, Spirit AeroSystems  Youth Services of Tulsa
 Marquay Baul  Zink Family Foundations