Our League’s annual dues cover only a fraction of the funds needed to keep our group active in community education and voter registration. Our most important community investment is the Lawrence League of Women Voters Youth Leadership Award, given each year in June.
The Lawrence League of Women Voters Youth Leadership Award
is presented to a Lawrence High School senior who has shown outstanding community leadership and service, as well as a commitment to voter education. The applicant’s plan to attend Mercer County Community College is preferred, but not required. Award recipients are selected by LHS and a three-member panel of LWVLT members, based on the student’s 250-word scholarship application essay.
Our 2020 Annual Membership meeting took place, via Zoom, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. That night the
LWVLT Youth Leadership Award was awarded to
The Lawrence League of Women Voters is thrilled to announce that our 2020 LWVLT Youth Leadership Award was awarded to Hope Perry, graduating senior of Lawrence High School. Hope was introduced by last year's award winner, Maura Freeland. Hope, who received a LWVLT check for $750 toward her college education, gave an overview of her award-winning work on NJ legislation mandating civics education in our public schools. Earlier this year, Hope worked with Senator Shirley Turner on senate bills S854 & S237, and testified in support of the combined bill (along with LWVLT member Marcia Steinberg) before the Senate Education Committee. Hope also introduced us to an informational website for young New Jersey voters that she is currently developing.
The Lawrence League of Women Voters is thrilled to announce that our 2019 LWVLT Youth Leadership Awards were given to two Lawrence High School seniors who have excelled in raising their fellow students' awareness of the importance of voting, as well as educating and registering new teenaged voters.
Our 2019 Youth Leadership Awards go to Maura Freeland (left) Nicole Plett (Co-Chair of LWVLT) and Cassidy Stoneback (right)
of Lawrence HS.
Over the course of their Junior and Senior years, Maura and Cassidy registered 185 new student voters at three voter registration drives at Lawrence HS in June and September 2018, and April 2019.
In December 2018, Maura and Cassidy were awarded a $500 grant from the national LWV Educational Fund for its Youth Voter Registration project. This project is designed to "engage high school, community college, and/or vocational school students in the electoral process, and to mitigate the widespread disparities in youth voting among African Americans, Latinos, and young people with no college experience." The registration locations were: Lawrence HSl, the East Trenton Collaborative Spring Street Fair, MCCC James Kerney Campus, Trenton Central HS, and the STEM Civics Charter HS in Ewing and yielded 157 new student voter registrations in Mercer County.
We are delighted to learn that Maura will attend Rowan University as part of the Honors College with a major in political science. Cassidy will enter the honors program at American University in Washington, DC next fall, majoring in CLEG (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government). We send them both our best wishes for the future!
LWVLT Board Member Jane DeLung with Lawrence League of Women Voters Youth Leadership Award winner, Nelle Evans.
In 2017, the award of $750 went to Lawrence High School senior Ellen (Nelle) Evans, pictured here with LWVLT board member Jane DeLung. Ms. Evans’ civic activities included organizing projects for HomeFront, the Boys & Girls Club, children with muscular dystrophy, and four mission trips to Honduras. She is currently attending Moravian College, studying nursing and global healthcare.
You can make a donation to the LWV of Lawrence Township and its scholarship fund at any time by sending us your check.
If you wish your donation to be tax deductible, please make your check payable to the LWV-LT Education Fund.
Send your donation check to:
Lois Riskin, Treasurer
22 Royal Oak Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648