The Mary Awards

The Mary Awards honor exceptional young women (High School Seniors) who may not otherwise be recognized in our community.

This prestigious award promotes the values, lifestyle and leadership that recognize young women who lift up our society and serve as positive role models. St. Vincent’s Foundation has long been an advocate for women of all ages and their important role in the fabric of our society as civic, volunteer, family and business leaders.

The awards seek to empower young women while supporting St. Vincent’s, as a part of Ascension, in its core values: Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication.

A call for nominations will open from January 1, 2019 until the February 7, 2019 deadline. The twelve finalists will be interviewed and their references will be checked by the committee. Applications require the online submission of both a letter of nomination (from a coach, teacher, mentor, counselor, family member, neighbor, or friend) and a letter of endorsement (from a religious leader of her faith).

Twelve (12) finalists will be selected, three (3) in each of the following categories: academics, athletics, leadership and volunteerism/philanthropy. The criteria for nominating a candidate will be: 

  • Service to God and their faith community
  • Creativity and achievement in one of the four defined fields: academics, athletics, leadership or volunteerism/philanthropy
  • Selflessness and service to their neighbor

One recipient from each category will receive a $1,000 cash gift from St. Vincent's Foundation. If, for any reason, the recipient cannot accept the gift, it may be directed to a charity or faith community of the Recipient's choice.