Honoring Outstanding Young Women of Faith, Character and Service to Others
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The Nativity Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) presents the Spirit of Mary Award on an annual basis to a deserving young woman who has demonstrated the Spirit of Mary, Mother of God, through acts of faith, humility, generosity and kindness. The recipient shall be:
- A member of Nativity Parish in grade 12
- A student in strong academic standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0
- A student who participates in one or more co-curricular activities
- A student who has actively demonstrated volunteerism and service to others
The award winner will be determined by a Spirit of Mary Committee comprised of a representative of the Nativity School Leadership, The NCCW President, three NCCW representatives, the Associate Pastor or equivalent, and a member of the parish community at large for a total of seven members. The Committee may convene in person or may use other media to reach a decision by majority vote. Recipients may self-nominate or may be nominated by someone. The nomination form must be completed in full by the annual deadline set by that year’s NCCW based on the date of that year’s Madonna Dinner date. The nomination forms will be property of the NCCW and will be held for one year.
The recipient’s name will be added to the Spirit of Mary plaque that will be on display next to a Madonna statue in Nativity School which has been generously donated by the Turner and Christy Families in memory of Irene Turner Christy. The recipient will be recognized at the NCCW Annual Madonna Dinner held in May and will be presented with a cash prize of $500. A portion of the cash prize in the amount of $400 is to be used for the student’s on-going educational needs with the remaining $100 to be donated in the student’s honor to a charity of her choice.