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.
2017 Recipient: Victoria Reed
The 2017 scholarship went to Victoria Reed. Born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate, Victoria has had more than 10 operations and hundreds of hours of speech therapy at the young age of 13. As a result of her deep adoration for the University of Vermont Children's Hospital and the people therein, Victoria began fundraising at the age of 4 as a part of UVM's (in partnership with WOKO Burlington) "Big Change Round Up." Fundraising each year for nearly a decade has brought Victoria's total contributions to the children's hospital well over $100,000. What started as a little girl asking for "loot" from her church community turned into countless fundraisers including spaghetti luncheons in the town of Alburgh, VT, an annual golf tournament that fills up in a matter of days, to pool tournaments and so much more. Victoria has been and continues to be a shining example of one caring person inspiring a community, state, and region to give back. We are proud of Victoria and urge you to see more of her story at the link below.
To see Victoria's 2017 awards video, as well as past YIP recipient videos click here.
Previous Award Recipients:
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