NEWBURYPORT — The YWCA Greater Newburyport is accepting applications for the Nancy DiGrezio Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who lives or attends school within the YWCA Greater Newburyport’s service area and is a peer leader and peacemaker, whose actions exemplify tolerance and understanding of differences and who, by example, empowers other students to respond to acts of intolerance and discrimination.
Nancy DiGrezio was devoted to the mission and work of the YWCA. Her efforts on behalf of affordable housing, peace, diversity and tolerance served as a reminder of the ongoing need for the YWCA’s objectives and how one person can impact the lives of others in the community.
During her tenure with the YWCA’s board of directors, she led the organization’s Advocacy Committee and co-led the 2005 and 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfasts. In 2005, she advocated on behalf of the creation of the mayor’s Commission on Tolerance and Diversity and was a charter appointee to the commission by former Mayor Mary Anne Clancy.
Completed scholarship applications must be returned to the YWCA by Monday, March 18. An application screening committee of YWCA board and community members will select the recipient. The scholarship will be announced at the YWCA Greater Newburyport’s annual meeting in April and will be awarded to the recipient at his or her year-end senior awards assembly to allow for recognition in front of peers, teachers and family.
Interested applicants should see their guidance counselor or download a scholarship application at www.ywcanewburyport.org.