BELGRADE — Encore.org recently announced that Maggie Shannon of Belgrade is a 2012 Purpose Prize fellow.

Shannon was named a fellow for her work to protect the outstanding quality and value of Maine’s nearly 6,000 lakes and ponds. As executive director of the Maine Congress of Lake Associations, she heads the only statewide membership organization dedicated to lake stewardship, education and advocacy.

The program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies. The prize is awarded by Encore.org, formerly Civic Ventures, a nonprofit that promotes encore careers — work that is both personally meaningful and serves the greater good.

A panel of three judges — leaders in business, politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector — chose the five winners from a pool of more than 800 nominees. This year’s 35 fellows are finalists for the prize. An awards ceremony will be held in February in San Francisco.

For more information, visit encore.org/prize.