After a trip to South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation in 2007, Maggie founded the Lakota Pine Ridge Children's Enrichment Project Ltd, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides essential resources to children, families and schools on the Reservation. Over the past few years, her organization has provided over $120,000 in aid and reached approximately 3,000 children annually. Projects include PEN-PAL-PLUS, a pilot program linking elementary school classrooms on and off the reservation through educational programs and video discussions and other technology and a girl's scholarship writing competition for middle and high school girls. The organization also runs supply drives throughout the year, supports community events and provides support to families, children, schools and prenatal center.
In May, Maggie was featured in Glamour as the grand prize winner in the magazine's Top 10 College Women Contest. Not only did she donate her entire $20,000 prize to Lakota Children's Enrichment, but she persuaded billionaire mogul Sir Richard Branson to match her contribution. He agreed on the condition that a Colgate University alumni do the same, and the three of them together donated $60,000.
To vote for Maggie, go here. Select the Midwest region on the map and find Maggie's category, "Most Influential College Student or Organization." Voting ends on July 26th. Support a sister, and help Maggie make it to the next round!