The JoAnne Champion Granger ScholarshiP

"I hope that young people will develop a real excitement for life and the marvels of the world around and within them. This type of excitement can only come with ability to see, to judge, and to respond to the world..." - Joanne Champion Granger

The above words embody the personal philosophy of the late Joanne Champion Granger, a high school science teacher and community activist in whose honor this scholarship was established. Her personal experience with housing discrimination did not defeat her but led her to use her courage and determination to work for equal rights in housing for herself and others. Even after her retirement from Mount Saint Mary’s Academy, she remained an active member of many service and civil rights organizations, including Housing Opportunities Made Equal.

The award, created in 1995 at the behest of Joanne Champion Granger’s husband, Dr. Carl Granger, is granted to a high school senior who demonstrates a commitment to the ideals by which she lived: academic excellence, pride of work, and commitment to human rights and human service.