TOgetherWorking To End Intimate Partner Violence

Mary Byron Scholars

On December 6, 1993, Mary Byron ’91, was the victim of an act of intimate partner violence that ultimately took her life. The community of Assumption mourned our loss and this senseless act of violence. Fueled by the memory of Mary, and in honor of others who have suffered from intimate partner violence, the Mary Byron Scholars program was born.

Working with the Mary Byron Project, two students are selected annually from a pool of applicants to serve as Mary Byron Scholars, providing six scholars throughout the school year. Together, they work to create programs, events, and initiatives in our school community and community at large to raise awareness of and ultimately end intimate partner violence.

Our Mary Byron Scholars collaborate with community members to create an annual dating violence prevention program, which is delivered each year to our sophomore class during Mission Week.

While activities and approaches have changed over the years, we have held true to the original intent to inspire and ignite students to become advocates, active in prevention in their everyday lives. Many of our program graduates continue this work in college and beyond.