Greensboro – The Young Democrats of North Carolina were pleased to announce the creation of the Kay Hagan Memorial Scholarship at their monthly Executive Committee meeting on July 11th. The scholarship honors the memory of the late Senator Kay Hagan, who was the first woman of the Democratic Party to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate. Young Democrats across the state have numerous fond memories of Senator Hagan, who was always an advocate for young people’s involvement in politics, especially young women.
Carrie Hagan Stewart, the late Senator Hagan’s daughter, said, “The Hagan family is honored that YDNC has chosen to create this scholarship in our mom’s name. It will certainly be a fitting tribute as she loved supporting young women and believed in the true power of education.”
As a way of continuing Senator Hagan’s spirit of uplifting young women, the aim of the scholarship will be to award $1,500 annually to a member of the Young, College, or Teen Democrats who identifies as a woman or non-binary to further their educational pursuits. The scholarship will be administered and adjudicated by the YDNC Board of Trustees.
Taylor Beckett of Concord, the 77th President of the Young Democrats of North Carolina, said, “The Young Democrats of North Carolina are extremely thankful to be given this opportunity to honor Senator Kay Hagan. We wish to thank the Hagan family for entrusting us with this great responsibility.”
The Young Democrats look forward to sharing more about the scholarship, including the application process and deadlines, as details are finalized in the coming weeks.
About the Young Democrats of North Carolina
The Young Democrats of North Carolina is the statewide federation of Young Democrats clubs in North Carolina, with membership open to registered Democrats within the ages of 16 and 35. Founded in 1928, YDNC is the oldest Young Democrats organization in the United States and the founding chapter of the Young Democrats of America.