The National Notary Foundation has made special scholarship grants to the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, and the Indianapolis, Indiana Public School System Education Foundation. The endowments were made on behalf of the NNA’s 2010 March Fong Eu Achievement Award recipient Mike Shea, and Notary of the Year Daniel Lewis.
Each year, the National Notary Association, in cooperation with the National Notary Foundation, honors a Notary of the Year, who is an outstanding Notary Public who operates at a level of professionalism and ethical conduct that sets a high standard for other Notaries to emulate; and a March Fong Eu Achievement Award recipient, who has done the most to improve the standards, image and quality of the office of Notary Public. As part of the tributes, the NNA recognizes their achievement by presenting a grant to an educational institution of their choice.
The NNA’s Vice President of Best Practices William Anderson joined Shea in Colorado to present the endowment to Sturm College of Law representatives Eric Lundstedt, Executive Director of Development, and Prof. Fred Cheever.
“We deeply appreciate this grant from Mr. Shea and the National Notary Foundation, which will be used to help our students and provide new educational opportunities for those in financial need,” said Eric Lundstedt, Executive Director of Development at the Sturm College of Law.
And in Indiana, Anderson joined Lewis to present the scholarship to Ralph Taylor, Vice President of the Indianapolis Public School System Education Foundation.
“The contribution was well appreciated, and it helped us get reading materials and school uniforms for students whose families couldn’t afford them otherwise,” Taylor said.
Both Shea and Lewis were honored at the NNA’s 2010 Conference in Chicago for their notable achievements. Shea, who recently retired from his post as Director of the Licensing and Enforcement Division for the Colorado Secretary of State, was recognized for his decades-long effort to establish professional standards for Colorado’s 110,000 Notaries Public — which became a reality in a watershed 2009 Notary recordkeeping law. And Lewis, President of Lewis Notary Service Inc., was honored for his exemplary Notary professionalism and community service, for founding a neighborhood volunteer group that provides a wide range of services to needy residents, and developed a class the meets the state’s continuing education requirements for Notary Signing Agents.