The Judie Aronson Initiative has established three $1000 awards to be provided annually.  Each year, there will be one award to a student at each of three high schools–Hilton Head, Bluffton and May River.  These awards will be given in honor of the late Judie Aronson, a Hilton Head resident whose passion was advocating for social justice and education in the Lowcountry. The purpose of the award is to recognize high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment to social justice in their communities.

For the purposes of the Aronson Award, social justice refers to the belief that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and should have equal access to opportunities and privileges within our community and society—that all individuals and groups of people are entitled to fair and impartial treatment by others.

To apply for the Aronson Award, seniors should review our definition of social justice and evaluation guidelines, then complete and submit the application no later than April 15, 2019.  The Aronson Social Justice Award Committee will review all applications, then determine the three recipients of the 2019 awards in May 2019.