Youth of the Year Award
The Youth of the Year Award recognizes youth who demonstrate dedication through volunteer work for a worthy cause. This award is presented annually by the NSBA Foundation to a deserving youth who has gone above and beyond to exhibit exemplary character in helping others through community service. The purpose is to promote and celebrate service work in our youth. The recipient will receive a $4,000 scholarship from the Susan Scott Memorial Fund. In addition to the scholarship, a $500 donation is made to a charity of choice in the winner’s name. Recipients will be featured in a spotlight in The Way To Go magazine and recognized at the annual NSBA Honors Banquet in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Do you know an extraordinary youth who has gone above and beyond for a cause they are passionate about? Applications will become available each spring and are due June 10, 2022.
Susan Scott Memorial Fund
The Susan Scott Memorial Fund was established to honor Susan’s memory and foster the lifelong skills learned as a youth involved with horses and horse showing. Rewarding young horsemen who give selflessly perpetuates the characteristics most often found in successful individuals, regardless of their career paths. The fund was made possible through the generous contributions garnered from the auction of Susan’s custom-made Harris saddle and memorial contributions made to the NSBA Foundation in Susan’s name. The saddle was donated by Susan’s daughter, Nancy Ditty, along with her husband Seth and son Luke.
Grant Mastin, of Jackson, Ohio, was named the 2021 Youth of the Year Award recipient and inaugural recipient of the $4,000 Susan Scott Memorial Scholarship out of seven outstanding finalists.
He recalls a guest speaker speaking to his football team that once said “always give more than you get.” He took this to heart when he became involved with the Jackson Area Festivals and Events Joyful Christmas project in 2019, and learned that a decision had to be made to provide coats or shoes to recipients. He volunteered to take care of shoe donations and formed Tackles For Tots. For every tackle the linebacker made during his 2019 high school football season, he vowed to purchase one pair of shoes. Through local and even horse show community support, he raised money to purchase 130 pairs of shoes for children in need.
In 2020, the pandemic did not stop Grant’s support of the program. Although his high school football season was shortened from ten games to seven, he set a goal to purchase two pairs of shoes for each tackle he made, which resulted in 75 tackles. He exceeded his goal by providing more than 180 pairs of shoes for underprivileged children. He also provided additional shoes for local elementary and middle schools to have on hand. Grant has spent countless hours not only fundraising, but organizing and shopping for gender- and size-specific shoes that he labeled for distribution around his community.
Grant plans to play football at the collegiate level while studying pre-law. Through his career, he hopes to make a positive impact on a larger scale in his community by helping someone who needs him. Congratulations, and good luck, Grant!