The annual Jefferson Township Municipal Alliance Committee (JTMAC) scholarship was presented on June 7 to high school student Grayson Scanlon at the senior awards ceremony.

The goal of the JTMAC is to encourage a drug-free community across the lifespan through awareness, education, and enrichment. The scholarship is awarded to students who are active in student life and have shown a commitment to working on substance abuse prevention initiatives throughout their high school careers.

The 2018 scholarship recipient had an active role in promoting substance abuse prevention through involvement in the JTMAC. Grayson took part in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week as one of the high school students who spoke to middle schoolers about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and also helped with Project Purple. According to the project’s website, it was launched in 2011 to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse, and encourage positive decision making to navigate life’s challenges. In addition, Grayson contributed to the JTMAC’s monthly meetings at school as well as at the town hall.

The award recipient was instrumental in the JTMAC’s “Transitioning into High School” program and was an active member of Students Against Destructive Decisions. Grayson is interested in continuing advocacy against drugs and alcohol in college, including a personal pledge to remain drug and alcohol free.

Grayson plans to attend Roger Williams University in the fall and major in architecture.

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