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12 Honored At Governor's Awards For Tomorrow's Leaders

Last updated on Wednesday, December 17, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Twelve Hoosiers who have made their mark on the state before reaching age 30 have been honored by the Indiana Humanities Council.

The council's sixth annual governor's awards for tomorrow's leaders presentation honors Hoosiers between age 20 and 30 for combining entrepreneurial impact with community service.

Honorees receive a $1,000 dollar prize, which they can use for themselves or donate to charity. Eight of the 12 selected the charitable option, with three putting the money toward college tuition, and the final honoree splitting it between the two. Three honorees donated the money to charities they founded themselves.

This year's youngest honoree, Carmel's Daniel Kent, 20, created Net Literacy at age 14 to help senior citizens learn how to use computers. The program has grown from $4,000 dollars in seed money Kent put up himself to a million-dollar program, and has expanded to help set up computer labs in schools, senior centers and hospitals.

IUPUI graduate student Matthew Morrow, 25, has led eight trips to Louisiana and Mississippi with Youth Advocating Leadership and Learning, the student relief group he formed in response to Hurricane Katrina.

30-year-old Monroeville native Kent Castleman was 23 when he opened the Cornerstone Youth Center, which now averages nearly 30 visits a day.

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