The Greenfield Everyday Heroes Award was created in 1995, and is awarded to a graduating senior who has shown the courage and character to have achieved success regardless of the barriers and obstacles placed in front of them. These barriers and obstacles come in all forms: homelessness, serious physical or mental illness, incarcerated parents, abuse, or other extreme hardships.
We recognize and celebrate these students, who exemplify the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Each has their own story of how they overcame their adversity to achieve success. They are role models, who also give back to their community. They are going off to college, often the first in their families to do so, with the grit and perseverance it takes to overcome the tough cards they were dealt in life.
In 2000, Greenfield Everyday Heroes Foundation became a 501(c) 3 private foundation. Seven high schools were initially part of the gifting, as were other charitable organizations that support children who are going through challenging situations. Greenfield Everyday Heroes Foundation is currently supporting students at a number of high schools in the Northeast. We work closely with the guidance counselors at each high school and accept applications for the Greenfield Everyday Heroes Award each year. We then review the applications, interview the few that fit the requirements, and then select the winners. We have highlighted some of the many success stories on our site, and invite you to learn more about these inspirational kids.
Dan Sullivan, Assistant Principal, describes the impact of the Greenfield Everyday Heroes Award at Norwalk High School.
Greenfield Everyday Heroes program started in 1995.
Over 150 students awarded.
Awards totaling over $750,000.
Anne Lantz, Executive Director
Anne has served as Executive Director of the Greenfield Everyday Heroes Foundation since 1999. She began her career in financial services, founding Prism Group, LLC (financial advisory), and later at Deloitte as a tax advisor/financial planner (CFP). Anne then joined Greenfield Consulting Group where she served on the senior management team overseeing legal, HR, and talent acquisition.
Anne received her BS in business administration from the University of Vermont.
Andy Greenfield, Founder
Andy started Everyday Heroes in 1995 and has been actively involved with the foundation for the past 27 years. Andy spent his career as an entrepreneur, founding and selling a number of companies in the marketing services industry. In 2009, he founded Thought Into Action, Colgate University’s entrepreneurship program. Andy currently serves on the Colgate University Board of Trustees. Since 2014, he has been a General Partner of TIA VENTURES, an early stage venture capital firm.
Andy received his BA from Colgate University, and his MA and ABD from Brown University.
High Schools Supported
Brien McMahon High School (Norwalk, CT)
Norwalk High School (Norwalk, CT)
Danbury High School (Danbury, CT)
Twin Valley High School (Whitingham, VT)
P-TECH Norwalk (Norwalk, CT)
Watertown High School (Watertown, NY)
Are you an everyday hero?
High school seniors at our supported schools may apply by April 10th.