Eastside Councillor’s Scholarship Renamed in Honor of Longtime Public Servant Mary Moriarty Adams
Program will continue to recognize the community’s emerging leaders
Indianapolis City-County Councillor Blake Johnson announced today that the scholarship program he and his wife Natalie R. Clayton launched in 2016 to recognize Eastside emerging leaders will now be named the “Mary Moriarty Adams Memorial Scholarship,” in honor of the longtime City Councilwoman and revered public servant who passed away last month.
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The City-County Council's unusually large group of seven first-term members made it through most of 2016 without attracting much attention. But that changed in December, especially for the council's newest Democrats.
The council for the second time in as many years took up a proposal to give itself a raise. Democrats wanted to increase council members' pay from $11,400 a year — far lower than most similar-sized cities — to $25,000. Yet, it never came up for a vote. Freshman Democrats Jared Evans, Blake Johnson and David Ray joined all 12 Republicans on the 25-member council in opposition, killing the pay raise and irking Democratic leadership.
Councillor's Scholarship Program Launches Its Second Year
Indianapolis City-County Councillor Blake Johnson announced today that the Eastside Emerging Leaders Scholarship is now accepting applications for its second year. The scholarship will be awarded to graduating high school seniors (or adults planning to enroll in postsecondary education for the first time) who have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service and volunteerism.
The scholarship program, which is open to residents and students in Council District 12, is being administered in partnership with the Historic Irvington Community Council and is funded by a portion of Councillor Johnson's City Council salary, as well as contributions from local entrepreneur Chris Baggott and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.