Svante Myrick, the pioneering Mayor of Ithaca, NY, and Nina Dudnik, Founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, an innovative nonprofit that empowers talented scientists in developing countries to conduct life-changing research, have been named this year’s recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. The awards will be presented by Jack Schlossberg, John F. Kennedy’s grandson and a member of the New Frontier Award Committee, on December 10, 2014 during a private ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

“My grandfather believed that talented young Americans can fulfill our country’s promise through public service,” said Schlossberg, a member of the New Frontier Awards Committee. “Svante Myrick’s leadership is helping to build a better future for the city of Ithaca. Nina Dudnik saw the opportunity for innovation and scientific discovery in developing countries and is providing resources to unlock that potential. They both represent a new generation of leaders determined to make a difference in our country and the world.”

The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Harvard University’s Institute of Politics to honor Americans under the age of 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service. The awards are presented annually to two exceptional individuals whose contributions in elective office, community service, or advocacy demonstrate the impact and the value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.

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