Youth Humanitarian Award ~ In Memory of Stanley Marcus

Youth Humanitarian Award in Memory of Stanley MarcusThe Stanley Marcus Award is presented to high school junior or senior students who best exemplify the humanitarian principles of Stanley Marcus who died in 1977 while serving as third vice president of the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers. He will always be remembered for his humanitarianism and dedication to youth through zealous volunteer community service. Since PTA is a volunteer organization, we believe that it is only fitting that we should honor such service by our young people through the sponsorship of this award.

Applications will be posted in November.

New York State PTA Award:

An engraved plaque and a monetary award of $250

From the nominees submitted, one recipient will be chosen by the NYS PTA Committee by April 1. Presentation of the award shall be made by the Region PTA at the Spring Conference (or other appropriate occasion).

Date Due:

Postmarked by January 31 to PTA Region Director


The purpose of this award is to recognize a junior or senior who best exemplifies the humanitarian principles of Stanley Marcus who is remembered for his humanitarianism and dedication to youth through zealous volunteer community service.


The nominee must:

  • be a junior or senior at a high school with a PTA/PTSA in good standing
  • demonstrate outstanding volunteer community service
  • display humanitarian principles by word and deed
  • be selected for the quality of the humanitarian activities rather than for the quantity of extracurricular activities

NOTE: Academic achievement SHOULD NOT be a factor in the selection process.

Unit Selection Process:

In order to participate, the PTA/PTSA High School unit must be in good standing on the date of submission:

  1. Membership dues have been paid
  2. Insurance has been paid
  3. Current bylaws – 3 years or less since last approved

Each unit may submit one 11th or 12th grade student for this recognition.

Region PTA Selection:

Each Region PTA/PTSA may submit one nominee for this state award from those submitted by the high school PTA units. The chosen recipient from each Region will receive a recognition plaque from NYS PTA.

Congratulations to our 2017 NYS Youth Humanitarian Award Winner:

Steven Spirakis from Garden City High School in Nassau Region

Congratulations to our 2017 Region Youth Humanitarian Award Winners:

Emani Clark from Irondequoit High School, Genesee Valley Region
Sarina Divan from Williamsville East High School, Western Region
Trevor Thaine from L.A. Webber High School, Niagara Region
Michael Conklin from Port Jervis High School, Central Hudson Region
Jolissa Louissaint from Charles E Gorton High School, Westchester-East Putnam Region
Kaitlin Healy from Jamestown High School, Southwestern Region