National women's group starts scholarship in Christina-Taylor Green's name

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The youngest victim in the January mass shootings was there to meet her congresswoman.

Christina-Taylor Green was interested in politics and that passion at the young age of 9, inspired a national women's group to start a scholarship in her honor.

The Washington D.C. based group Running Start, gives women who might someday run for office a Running Start.

"The whole point of our organization is to get young women interested in politics," said Running Start Executive Director Jessica Grounds.

Every year Running Start holds a national leadership program for young women.  And organizers believe its the type of program little Christina would have one day enjoyed.

"When the horrible incident happened in Tucson in January, we thought Christina-Taylor Green was a shining example of a future running star," said Grounds.

So now every year, a young woman will attend the program in Christina's name. Running Start announced the creation of the Christina-Taylor Green memorial scholarship Wednesday.

It will allow one high school aged girl from Southern Arizona to attend the program in Washington each summer.

"The idea was because she was so interested at a young age, we would love to honor her memory by bringing women from Southern Arizona every year to our high school program," said Grounds.

Christina's parents will help choose the winner each year.

Only 50 girls get to attend each year. The Christina-Taylor Green scholarship winner will be the 51st.

"We're really thrilled to be able to honor Christina's legacy through this scholarship," said Grounds.

Running Start is already receiving applications and will pick a winner in June. 

Running Start application link