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Private scholarships more important than ever

JRF | Oct 21 2009 |

A recent article from CNN reports that college tuition rates are steadily increasing while financial aid is dwindling, making it incredibly difficult for low-income students to earn a college degree.

Students are relying on loans to not only pay their tuition, but to afford their room and board and other living expenses while in school. In this economy, it’s more important than ever for private scholarships like Jeannette Rankin Fund to help students cover their out-of-pocket expenses.

Our scholars often report that JRF scholarships allow them to take out fewer loans, sometimes even allowing them to graduate debt-free. JRF scholars may use their awards to pay for rent, utilities, child care, or even car repairs. These everyday expenses can be giant obstacles to completing a college degree, especially for adult students, like those served by JRF.

Cheryl Lewis says, “The JRF scholarship has enabled me to focus on full-time classes by helping me to bridge the gap when I had to cut hours at work. It has allowed me to stay in school when I otherwise may have been forced to drop out due to financial difficulties. As a result, I have succeeded in making the President’s List for the fall semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA.” Cheryl has received the JRF scholarship for the 2008 and 2009 school years.

As long as college expenses and federal financial aid continue to be out of balance, private scholarships like JRF will be critical to helping low-income students gain access to higher education.

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Back to School Again

JRF | Sep 28 2009 |

NBC’s Today Show aired a special segment last week called Back to School Again, which focused on adult learners. They noted that 40% of current undergrads are age 25 or older. Check out this video clip to see their tips for adults in college.

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JRF Scholars in Phi Theta Kappa

JRF Scholars in Phi Theta Kappa

JRF | Sep 23 2009 |

Thirty-two of this year’s JRF scholars have earned membership in Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society recognizing academic achievement among students at two-year colleges. Members are provided opportunities to participate in honors, leadership and scholarship programs. Congratulations to the 2009 JRF scholars who have received this honor!

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Raffle Raises over $2000

JRF | Sep 21 2009 |

Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets, JRF raised over $2000 on the diamond bracelet raffle. Proceeds will fund one of this year’s JRF scholarships. The winning ticket was drawn at the Annual Dinner last Thursday, and the lucky winner was Laura Jolly, Dean of UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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Diamond Bracelet Raffle

Diamond Bracelet Raffle

JRF | Sep 09 2009 |

You could win a beautiful diamond bracelet, valued at $9,385! This 14 kt gold basket weave wide-link bracelet with .96 carat diamonds, generously donated by JWR Jewelers, is being raffled to support JRF’s scholarship program. Tickets are just $10 each, or you can increase your odds AND your savings by buying more:

$10 per ticket OR
3 tickets for $25
6 tickets for $50
15 tickets for $100

The winning ticket will be drawn at the Annual Dinner in Athens on September 17, but you need not be present to win.

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