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Nominations Now Open for 25 Under 35 Awards

YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning Valley Young Professionals (MVYP), in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (CFMV), is announcing that nominations are now being accepted for the 2016-2017 25 Under 35 Awards.

The 25 Under 35 Awards, previously known as the 40 Under 40 Awards, is now in its fourth year. The awards program honors the Mahoning Valley’s best and brightest young professionals. Each honoree will be recognized at an awards ceremony, set for Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Stambaugh Auditorium. Three honorees will be distinguished for special accolades as MVP Award winners. Both the 25 honorees and top 3 are selected by a small committee, formed by CFMV, based upon professional and service categories.

“The 2016 awards dinner was well attended and enjoyed, I cannot wait to see what is in store for 2017. This truly features the great work young professionals are doing in their career and in the community. I am very excited to meet the class of 2017 in a few months,” explains Rose Shaffer, 25 Under 35 chair.

“Now in our 12th year of sponsorship, the Community Foundation is proud to once again be a part of this important event. We look forward to highlighting the accomplishments our Valley’s young professionals who are the driving force behind every vibrant community,” said Shari Harrell, President of the CFMV.

Nominees must be between the ages of 21 and 35 and may not exceed 35 years of age on August 15, 2016. Nominees must live and/or work primarily in Columbiana, Mahoning, or Trumbull County.

Applications for the 25 Under 35 Awards are now available by visiting, or on the CFMV Wesbite. Full applications are due August 26, 2016.

The event also coincides with MVYP’s primary fundraising effort – The Young Philanthropist Fund (YPF).  The YPF was created through the partnership of the then MVP 20/30 Club and CFMV.  The fund has been put in place to introduce younger generations to philanthropy by fundraising, analysis of grant requests, site visits to non-profits, and recommendation of grants to be awarded from the YPF.