The Hum Sub Youth Achievement Award recognizes youth who have attained outstanding achievements in various fields such as Volunteering, Community Service, Leadership, Research, Academics, Extra-curricular activities such as sports, music and arts, etc. This award is based on Lord Buddha’s parting message to his disciples “Aapo Deepo Bhava” which means “Be a light unto yourself.”

On the occasion of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, we celebrate this effort by our youth to bring this spark of light into their own and others' lives.

Awardees are presented with a $500 cash reward and a plaque of recognition at Hum Sub’s flagship event, Cary Diwali.


  • Enrolled in Grades 6 to 12 on March 15, 2021
  • Participation: Solo (group effort ineligible)
  • Accomplishments should not date prior to Jan 1, 2020
  • One entry per person
  • Previous winners are not eligible for the award


  • 11:59 pm, Sunday, September 19, 2021


  • All applicants will be presented with a certificate honoring their achievements at an awards luncheon.
  • The 4 winning applicants will receive a cash award of $500 each and a plaque at Cary Diwali, on Saturday October 9, 2021.


  • Winners will be carefully chosen by a panel of judges identified by Hum Sub Board members. Their decision will be final and uncontested.
  • What we look for:
    • Outstanding Youth Leadership/Achievement
      • You played a major leadership role in creating, organizing and implementing your project or accomplished your goal, and how you have impacted the success of your work.
    • Project/Achievement Impact, Scalability, & Replicability
      • Is the achievement/project’s impact significant? Can your work be used as a model for other individuals?
    • Charisma, Personal Commitment & Trajectory
      • What draws you to this work and what personal growth you have achieved as a result? What would winning the Youth Achievement Award mean to you?
    • Two non-family member references to support your application.
    • You may submit up to 5 photographs
    • You must complete your own application. Parents, friends, mentors, teachers, etc. must not complete it for you. The submittal of resumes, newspaper clippings etc. is impermissible.


Please contact us well in advance of the deadline for support with the submission of your application or clarifying questions by emailing: and adding “Youth Achievement Award query” in the subject line.


Please click here to fill and submit the application.