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Mary Helen Thomas Racial Justice Award

Who is the YWCA South Hampton Roads?

The mission of the YWCA of the United States is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In keeping with this goal, the YWCA South Hampton Roads established the Mary Helen Thomas Racial Justice Award, in 1987, as a way to recognize significant contributions towards racial justice in the South Hampton Roads community.
 

Who is Mary Helen Thomas?

Mary Helen Thomas (1925-2010) was a pioneer in the 1960’s, who worked to break down the barriers of racism through the YWCA South Hampton Roads swim program. This award is bestowed by the YWCA South Hampton Roads.

Criteria for Mary Helen Thomas Racial Justice Award Nominees:

  • This award shall be presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the elimination of racism in South Hampton Roads.
  • The recipient may be of any race, age, or gender.

Application Submissions:

Completed nominations forms must be received at the YWCA South Hampton Roads office by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 17, 2018. 

To complete the scholarship application, click here.  The application is due no later than August 17, 2018.  Questions can be directed to Alexxis Hutchinson at alexxis.hutchinson@ywca-shr.org.