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Schewel Award

This program honors a Triangle resident 35 or under who does fabulous work for their local nonprofit. The award is intended to recognize and encourage long-term commitment to the non-profit sector and to inspire others to get involved. Winners are selected via an application and interview process by INDY Week employees.

Steve Schewel co-founded The Independent in 1983 and served as its president until 2012. During his tenure, the paper won some of the most prestigious awards in American journalism. In 2010, he co-founded Hopscotch Music Festival and remained a partner in the festival util 2015. Steve was elected to the Durham City Council in 2011, re-elected in 2015 and previously served as vice-chair of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education. Since 2000, Steve has taught in the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

2016 Award

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Schewel Award. If you know someone we should consider for this aware, please email a letter of recommendation to Susan Harper by November 18th. We will announce the winner in our December 21st issue.

Winner of the 2015 Award


In the Darkest Hours With the Legislature eviscerating environmental protections, Liz Kazal is fighting back

By Elizabeth Friend

When Liz Kazal was a college student at Mississippi State University in 2012, she saw North Carolina as a beacon of progressive environmental policy. “I remember distinctly hearing a bunch of presentations about how North Carolina had passed such important policies that have grown solar [energy] or helped protect public land,” Kazal says. “And I thought, if you can do it in North Carolina, then there’s hope for the rest of the South.” But not long after she relocated to the Triangle...

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2013 Winner

Eric Olson-Getty Internship and Mentor Coordinator

A graduate of Duke Divinity School, where he earned a master’s degree, Eric Olson-Getty mentors youth in YO:Durham and the Made In Durham project. This project, spearheaded by MDC, is trying to develop a “school to career” pipeline for youth in Durham. The Made in Durham youth engagement meetings are designed to solicit youth input and participation in the project, with the hope that youths can make a substantive contribution to their community. ...

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2014 Award Winner

Jen Robinson Peer Outreach Worker

Jen is a peer outreach worker at the Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham. She helps homeless people access healthcare rather than use the emergency room to get primary care. The overall goal is for the homeless person to have improved health. ...

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