Other Honors, Awards and Recognition

SHARE founder Shannon McNamara has won numerous awards for her efforts to empower African girls through education. Shannon has donated all award monies to SHARE. Way to go, Shannon!


Here is a list of additional awards and honors that Shannon has received:


  • Oxfam America's International Women's Day Challenge Finalist
  • The Caring Award Finalist
  • AXA Achiever Scholarship
  • Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award
  • Lowe's Scholarship
  • Pottery Barn "Be Amazing" Grant Winner
  • Best Buy @ 15 Scholarship
  • B.I.G. Award
  • Mo' Hair Foundation Award
  • All-America High School Service Team Award Finalist
  • Nestle Very Best in Youth Award Finalist
  • Ordinary Person of the Month, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Planet
  • Wallenberg Honors Program Finalist
  • Everyday Young Hero, Youth Service America
  • R.E.A.L. Girl Finalist, Justine Magazine
  • Saint Michael's College Book Award 
  • Home Town Hero, Model of Civic Leadership, Elon University
  • Kids Are Heroes Award
  • County of Somerset Citation
  • New Jersey General Assembly Resolution
  • Activist of the Month, Teen Voices Magazine
  • Kids Who Care Regional Winner, Kohl's
  • YMCA Volunteer of the Year, Somerset Hills 
  • Youth Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine
  • Outstanding Student Achievement Award, Somerset County School Board
  • Gold Award, Girl Scouts of the USA