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New Dawn Family Resource Center, a nonprofit organization in upper Westchester NY, provides victims of Elder Abuse, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and teen dating violence access to support and services within the northern community. In memory of the life and accomplishments of its founding board member and Treasurer, New Dawn Family Resource Center has established, The Richard B. Lyman Civic Engagement/Service Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship recognizes civic engagement/service; his belief in “being of service to others” was a guiding principle in his many successful accomplishments for the communities of northern Westchester. The scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school senior in the public schools of the following communities: Bedford, Pound Ridge, Lewisboro, North Salem and Somers. Applicants should submit a 400 to 500 word essay on how they have been of service to others in their community. Their civic engagement should be focused on direct service; giving personal time and energy to address immediate community needs. Direct service can be to an organization or individual.

While maintaining the privacy of the individual you assisted, please include in your essay:

- What you did for the individual or organization

- Why were you moved to help

- How you were impacted by this civic engagement

Applicants must be planning to enroll in either a community college, college, four-year university, or vocational school on a part- or full-time basis. The scholarship is intended to assist students whose socioeconomic backgrounds or environmental/family conditions may inhibit their ability to pursue their educational goals. All applications will be kept confidential and reviewed by the Board of Directors and, when in place, the prospective Advisory Board of New Dawn Family Resource Center. Scholarship funds will be applied to the cost of application fees, testing fees or other expenses directly associated with the pursuit of a secondary education. Funds will be paid directly to the service provider, testing facility and/or school.

All essay submissions are due July 4th and must include name, address, school and preferred method of contact. Please submit to

New Dawn Family Resource Center was founded by a small group of peers seeking to help victims of abuse by increasing access to services in the most remote corner of Westchester County. Led by former Pound Ridge Town Supervisor, Richard B. Lyman, the organization acquired its nonprofit status and partnered with the towns of Bedford, Pound Ridge, Lewisboro, North Salem and Somers. The organization’s initial mission, to host a pilot program for the implementation of a lethality reduction program, resulted in the adoption of the program by Westchester County.

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