LWVMRC Good Government Award and Stella Harris Scholarship
Call for Nominations: Good Government Award, Due March 14, 2019 The Manhattan/Riley County League of Women Voters celebrates the individuals who make our community a good place for all. Please join us as we accept nominations for the Good Government Award. The submission deadline is March 14, 2019.
Nominees should be individuals who have shown creativity, persistence, and leadership. These individuals have expanded our understanding and awareness of the importance of good citizenship, good government and our sense of community. See below for eligibility and evaluation criteria. Click here for the fillable nomination form. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
History:The Good Government Award honors the efforts of long-time League member and public servant Edith Stunkel, who worked tirelessly to involve citizens in all levels of government. During her service as a city commissioner and throughout her life, Ms. Stunkel championed the value of informed citizenship, actively encouraged public input and citizen participation in public policy decisions and worked for transparency in government.
Who is Eligible?
Current members of the League of Women Voters Board of Directors are not eligible to be nominated.
The Stella Harriss Scholarship honors the memory of League member and education champion Stella Harriss, who was a chemistry professor at K-State for 36 years. From 1908 to 1915 she was an elementary principal in Fairbury, Nebraska. She received a Bachelor of Science(1917)and Master of Science(1919)in chemistry, foods and nutrition from Kansas State University.
Harriss joined the K-State faculty in 1917 as a chemistry fellow. She became an instructor in 1918 and an assistant professor of chemistry in 1927. Harriss studied vitamin content of baby foods. Data for her doctoral research, "Resolution of Erythro Dihydroxy Butyric Acid," was lost in the fire that destroyed Denison Hall in 1934.
Harriss retired in 1953 and lived in Manhattan to age 103. Her bequest initiated the League's scholarship.
The League appoints a special committee to screen applicants. The scholarship is awarded at our annual meeting in April.
The scholarship application may be found here
2011-2012 Scholarship Recipient: Orendrea Renee Carter. Orendrea is a 44-year-old African-American divorced woman who has one son who graduated from college last year. She is a junior in Public Health Nutrition at Kansas State University, and her goal is to obtain a masters degree in public health. She believes that better nutritional awareness can help people to lead a healthy life with preventive maintenance.