In 2017, high school soccer star Landon Tucker found himself sidelined after he suffered four successive concussions. Instead of letting his injuries get the best of him, Tucker decided to focus his strong drive and leadership skills elsewhere to make a difference in his community.


Tucker, at the time a junior at Fitchburg High, created a Current Events Club as part of the United Way Youth Venture program. The club’s mission is to provide students with opportunities to discuss pressing local and global issues and make a difference through service. Under Tucker’s leadership, club members undertook projects ranging from running a clothing drive for the homeless to raising money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.


Currently a rising sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at Union College, Tucker continues to serve on the board of the Current Events Club, which most recently conducted a food drive for Our Father’s House. He has also acted as a mentor to other Venture teams. In honor of Tucker’s accomplishments, United Way Youth Venture was proud to present him with one of three annual academic scholarships for 2018-19.


“Landon represents the first scholarship we’ve awarded to an alum and that is because of the legacy he left at Fitchburg High is so tremendous,” says United Way Youth Venture Director Lauren Mountain.


Tucker is continuing to put his passion for helping others to use at Union College by running a concussion support group, conducting research on designing a helmet to reduce concussions, and serving an a ambassador for first-year students.