The Helene D. Stoneman Civic Leadership Scholarship grants $1,000-$2,000 to outstanding YouthBuild graduates to assist with their college education or the attainment of professional credentials.
YouthBuild USA seeks YouthBuild graduates who have been recognized for excellence in civic engagement, community leadership, and academic achievement, with special emphasis on the student’s academic promise.
From 2005-2020, YouthBuild granted Helene D. Stoneman Scholarship awards of $2,000 each to 155 graduates to assist with their college, graduate school, or other postsecondary education. Many of these scholars have earned multiple degrees, including: at least nine graduates earning a master’s; 20 earning a bachelor’s; 21 earning an associate’s; and three earning a certificate or formal training credentials.
Helene D. Stoneman, mother of YouthBuild founder Dorothy Stoneman, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Vassar College and a Master of Education at Radcliffe College. After which, she taught school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and devoted her energies to the League of Women Voters, whose aims were to ensure a full exercise of democratic voting rights among women.
President of both the Belmont League of Women Voters and the Massachusetts League, and a longtime member of the Board of the National League, she was a devoted worker for education, civic engagement, and voters’ rights. This scholarship has been established in her honor by her daughters, Elinor Stoneman Shaffer and Dorothy Stoneman.