Mayor's Youth Scholarship Program

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WorkSource Atlanta
818 Pollard Blvd., SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Tel: 404.546.3000
Fax: 404.546.6892

Interim Executive Director
Melissa Mullinax

Executive Assistant 
Phyllis D. Bryant 
Tel: 404.546.3026

Director of Operations 
Tammy Lipsey 
Tel: 404.546.3002

Director of Finance
Karen B. Simmons
Tel: 404.546.3056

Strategic Partnerships and Community Outreach
Tel: 404.546.3000

Director of Performance Management 
Phillip Olaleye 
Tel: 404.546.3087

Business Relationship Manager 
Amit Khanduri
Tel: 404.546.3084



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Celebrating its 12th year, the Mayor’s Youth Scholarship Program (MYSP) will help to ensure that the cost of college is not a barrier to Atlanta students who seek a higher education, as well as to help them minimize or eliminate student loan debt.

For the last 12 years, the Mayor’s Youth Scholarship Program (MYSP) has provided more than 3,000 Atlanta youth with financial support to pursue post-secondary education and attend any college or university of their choice. MYSP provides up to $5,000 per semester and $10,000 per academic year to pay the balance of unmet student obligations, thus allowing students to focus on completing their degrees without financial worry. During the 2014-2015 academic year, WorkSource Atlanta awarded 106 students an average of $7,529.  

MYSP relies primarily on contributions from individuals, organizations and corporations to further its goal of having more Atlanta youth complete a post-secondary education. In order to provide a financial investment to Atlanta’s youth, the Mayor’s Youth Scholarship Program will continue to raise money throughout the year to ensure that it is able to provide as many Atlanta youth as possible with funding for college. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis pending funding availability.  

The Mayor’s Youth Scholarship Program empowers Atlanta’s youth by giving them opportunities for higher education.  Our hope is that the students will return to the Atlanta area to enhance and enrich their communities with education and experience.

Unmet Needs Determination

The formula used to determine a student’s unmet need compares the cost of tuition, fees, room/board, meals, books and other school related fees to the amount of grants, scholarships and donations received each semester.  An award is offered if the cost of attendance exceeds the student’s total awards.  Loans are only factored in if the student has already received the payout via a check or student refund.  

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an Atlanta Public School high school graduate or the parent or legal guardian must be a full-time City of Atlanta employee.
  • Must be an undergraduate student registered at an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually.

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