The Mary Byron Project Scholars Program at Assumption High School was established in memory of Mary Byron, a 1991 graduate of Assumption High School in Louisville, KY. The scholarship is designed for students who wish to undertake a leadership opportunity among their peers and in the community relating to intimate partner and dating violence.
The goal of the scholarship program is to educate young women about intimate partner violence and the precursor behaviors that appear in dating relationships. Ultimately, we hope to:
- Raise student awareness of dating violence at Assumption High School.
- Raise community awareness about dating violence.
- Develop peer group education on intimate partner violence.
- Inform students about the roles that professionals in all fields can and should play in combating intimate partner violence.
- Create a program with proven results that can be replicated at other high schools
- Provide scholarship recipients with training and support to continue their efforts into their college studies and/or professional careers.
The program is conducted in association with Assumption High School, which provides support to the students on a day-to-day basis through a liaison. We are very proud of our Mary Byron Project Scholars, who have used their training to give back to their school and community in many ways. The Scholars create bulletin boards, informational packets, educational Power Point presentations, and internal announcements to inform their peers about domestic violence and speak during mission week to raise awareness of the issue within the school community.
Why a scholarship program?
Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically abused by a dating partner. 1 in 3 report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by a dating partner.
Teens are most likely to confide in a friend about their abuse. By empowering students to know the signs of dating abuse and support their friends and peers, we hope that this program will play a role in ending domestic and dating violence in future generations.