Youth Leadership Award

The Lawrence League of Women Voters Youth Leadership Award
is presented to a Mercer County 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 a three-member panel of LWVLT members, based on the student’s submission. Submission may be made in writing, video, or other forms. Submissions should represent work done by a graduating senior from Lawrence Township, Ewing, Trenton, or Robbinsville. 
The total 2022 Award is $1000 to be awarded to one or more recipients. Submissions may be entered on this Google Form or if you prefer, please fill out the form below and we will answer any questions you may have and discuss directly.  
Read our 2021 Leadership Award Search Press Release Here.

You can make a donation to support our Youth Leadership Award Fund and the LWV of Lawrence Township by donating to its Award Fund at any time. You may a check or donate online. If you have any questions, please let us answer them for you. 
If you wish your donation to be tax deductible,
please make your check payable to the LWV-LT Education Fund.
Donations may also be mailed: 
LWVLT Treasurer
32 Pineknoll Drive
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

 2021 LWVLT Youth Leadership Awards 

 Hadi Raza
(Senior Lawrence High)

  Noelia Martinez
(Senior Trenton Central High)

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Noelia was present to describe her Covid 19 Billboard Public Education campaign in Trenton. Watch her video HERE.
Hadi submitted a video describing his holiday fundraising project for young victims of domestic abuse with the International Lions Club at LHS.

 2020 LWVLT Youth Leadership Award 
Hope Perry

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.


2019 LWVLT Youth Leadership Award winners
Maura Freeland & Cassidy Stoneback

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. 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.


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Our 2019 Youth Leadership Awards go to Maura Freeland (left) Nicole Plett (Chair of LWVLT) and Cassidy Stoneback (right)
of Lawrence HS.


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!
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LWVLT Board Member Jane DeLung with Lawrence League of Women Voters Youth Leadership Award winner, Nelle Evans.

2017 LWVLT
Youth Leadership Award

Ellen (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.