East Freshmen Receive Noted Award
East Freshmen Alice McNaull (left) and Anna Tran receive Founders Award from the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania
East High School freshmen, Anna McNaull and Alice Tran, recently received the Founders Award from the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania (EA). The award was handed out at a reception at Cabrini College on April 29.
Young women in 9th-grade who demonstrate leadership and foster good citizenship through school and community activities are eligible for the award. Through the EA, McNaull and Tran will have the opportunity to attend seminars and continue service hours with trips to local women’s shelters and Cradles to Crayons during the next three years. They will also become candidates for EA scholarships in their senior year. Approximately 200 Founders Award winners from Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs have received four-year college scholarships through the EA since 1984.
The annual Founders Award Program was established in 1956 as a tribute to the eight Philadelphia women who founded the EA in 1914. Over 1,200 young women have received the Founders Award.
The efforts of the EA were initially directed at providing relief to those suffering abroad from the hardships of World War I. EA continued through the 1920’s and the Depression-era delivering help wherever there was a great need. During World War II, EA secured and sent relief supplies to the Allies.
Today the dedicated women of the EA continue to give their time, talent, and financial resources to accomplish the organization's mission of making a significant difference in the lives of women and children throughout the Philadelphia area.