AFP-NNE Demont Scholarship Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

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 8 to 17 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 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 award 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 the 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.

Visit the scholarship website for more information and to fill out the nomination application at http://www.afp-nne.org/youth-in-philanthropy-nomination-form.html.

2016 Recipient: Riley Callen

The 2016 scholarship award went to Riley Callen. Over the past five years, Riley has had three separate craniotomies to remove two benign brainstem tumors. She has invested her time and effort into raising awareness in support of brain tumor research. Through the support and guidance of her friends and family, Riley created Be Brave For Life, an official 501(c)3 charitable organization that conducts local events such as an annual Hike-A-Thon and Basket Bonanzas, a raffle featuring merchandise and services donated from local Vermont businesses and families. To date, through Riley’s incredible determination and strength, Be Brave has raised over $100,000 to support brain tumor research and awareness with two major donations of $40,000 each to the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Barrow Neurological Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. It was an honor and privilege to award Riley Callen the 2016 award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. For more information on Riley and Be Brave For Life, please visit: https://bebrave.life/

To see Riley's 2016 awards video click here.

Previous Award Recipients:

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