Demont & Associates has partnered with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern New England (AFP-NNE), to award a $5,000 college scholarship to an individual aged 10 to 23 who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy. This is not a community service award. Rather it is a publicly and professionally recognized honor for a young person who has both personally and through the inspired efforts of others raised a relatively impressive amount of charitable support for the development of an important service or initiative in Northern New England.
In the words of President Robert Demont, “We are delighted to recognize the efforts of an outstanding youth philanthropist with this scholarship award. We know that there are many very deserving kids doing inspirational work raising funds for many worthwhile programs in our region.”
The purpose of the Youth in Philanthropy Scholarship is to foster greater interest among youth in the fundraising profession. We know that there is no greater joy than to work in a field where you can make a lasting difference for good, and we are ready to learn and grow from young individual’s involvement and their example.
The recipient of this annual scholarship is chosen from a pool of nominations by a New England Region Philanthropy Committee comprised of development professionals working in the fields of education and youth services in Northern New England. Each year, in November, the recipient is announced at AFP-NNE’s annual conference during its National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony. Teachers, non-profit leaders, development professionals, and others working with young people are encouraged to submit nominations for this scholarship award.
Nomination applications may also be submitted via the AFP-NNE scholarship web page at http://www.afp-nne.org/youth-in-philanthropy-nomination-form.html.
2018 Recipient: Nicholas Poitras
Residing in Madawaska, Maine with his mother, father, and little brother, Nicholas first began fundraising through Madawaska Middle School’s “Jump Rope for Heart” program, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Having witnessed his family’s own health battles, his grandmother with heart problems and his father with cancer, Nicholas took it upon himself to raise money for those in need and to instill compassion and togetherness in his rural community. Nicholas’ reach has spread to those all over the state of Maine. “Nicholas has always felt the importance of helping people in need. He demonstrates compassion and empathy to the fullest,” says Nicholas’ elementary school gym teacher and award nominator, Dan Cyr. Over the past few years, Nicholas has raised close to $10,000 for healthy hearts within his tight knit community of 3,500. He was also awarded “Volunteer of the Year in 2018 by the American Heart Association. He shows no signs of slowing down.
To see Nicholas' 2018 awards video, as well as past YIP recipient videos click here.
Previous Award Recipients:
2017 Victoria Reed, Alburgh Community Education Center, Alburgh, VT
2016 Riley Callen, The Dorset School, Dorset, VT
2015 Celia Andrews, Westford Elementary School, Westford, VT
2014 Gabbie St. Peter & Alice Willette, George J. Mitchell School, Waterville, ME
2013 Lanie Howes, Madison Memorial High School, Athens, ME
2012 Lyssa Jackson, The Putney School, Keene, NH
2011 Brandon Hamel, Laconia High School, Laconia, NH
2010 Sophie McKibben, The Northbranch School, Ripton, VT
2009 Rachel Blair Friedman, Portland, ME
2008 Jake Gallagher, Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth, ME
2007 Torie Catrett & Dezirae Brewer, Mahoney Middle School and Memorial Middle School, South Portland, Maine