Christian Stilwell was born in Paraguay on December 4, 1993. At an early ange it was evident that he had a passion for singing, music, and theater. He applied his creative and musical abilities in more than 25 theatrical productions with CYT/Spotlight, High School, and Greenroom.

Christian had the ability to lift people up and make them feel like they belong. He gave to others the gift of acceptance, encouragement, purpose and hope. He was highly affectionate, always ready to give a hug or a smile.

Christian embodied servant leadership. He volunteered, interned, and/or worked for CYT/Spotlight, Willow Creek Community Church, Greenroom, and Cuisine America. Known as the kid with the clipboard, as he always carried one around with him with his multiple to-do lists, Christian often headed up special interest programs and community compassion events. He created a leadership conference to challenge his peers to become difference makers.
Christian went to be with his Lord on April 15, 2011. His influence throughout CYT lives on through the Christian Stilwell Scholarship Program.
CYT is proud to sponsor the Christian Stilwell Scholarship. This is not a talent-based or need-based scholarship. Rather, it is an award given to those who embrace the qualities in both leadership and serving (ministry) that Christian demonstrated so well.

Scholarships requirements:

  • Deadline is March 15, 2024 for a 2024-2025 academic year scholarship.
  • Juniors, Seniors, or current college students
  • Acceptance to college must be secured by May 2, 2024.
  • CYT Chicago program participant (minimum of 2 years)
  • Please fill out and mail hard copy application below.