Remembering the founder of the Pell Grant
With the backing of Claiborne Pell, a U.S. Senator from 1960 to 1997, Congress created the Basic Educational Opportunity Grants, later named the Pell Grants, in 1972. In 2008, Pell Grants provided more than $16 billion to help low and middle-income students attend college.
Pell once said, “The strength of the United States is not the gold at Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction that we have, but the sum total of the education and the character of our people.”
Pell was also the main sponsor of the bill that created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He passed away on Thursday at age 90.
Thanksgiving raffle recap
Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, volunteers and everyone who bought a raffle ticket, the first ever JRF Thanksgiving raffle fundraiser was a great success! The raffle netted more than $1,100, which will greatly help JRF during these tough economic times.
The grand prize, a $500 Kroger gift card, was awarded to Maureen O’Brien (pictured above, right). We were touched to discover that Maureen, in true holiday giving spirit, is contributing her winnings to help people in need. She is donating her prize to Athens Land Trust, People of Hope, and two local families in the Athens area.
Congratulations to Tom Krausmann of Illinois who won the second prize, $40 in Kroger gift certificates.
Thank you once again to everyone who helped to make this project a success. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season.
Thirty-one Phi Theta Kappas receive JRF scholarships
Thirty-one members of Phi Theta Kappa have received new or renewed 2008 Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarships of approximately $2,000.
The Jeannette Rankin Foundation provides financial assistance to mature women who have been motivated to change their lives through education but face financial challenges. A limited number of Family Scholarships are awarded to children of Jeannette Rankin Foundation scholars. The program is named for the first woman elected to the United States Congress.
Applications for 2009 Jeannette Rankin Foundation awards will be available on the Foundation website on November 1. More information concerning application guidelines and selection factors are also listed on the Foundation website.
Society members receiving 2008 Jeannette Rankin Foundation awards, and the community colleges they attended, follow.
Sherri Allen, Jefferson Community College, New York
Rose Bahr, Rogue Community College, Oregon
Holly Bloesser, Sacramento City College, California
Mary Brooks, Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts
Melissa Brooks, Arkansas State University – Mountain Home
Robin Burris, Trident Technical College, South Carolina
Trina Butler, Richland Community College, Texas
Laura Coblentz, Parkland College, Illinois
Tara Cooper, Paradise Valley Community College, Arizona
Georgina Courtney, San Antonio College, Texas
Jane Dillon, New Hampshire Technical Institute
Sherry Graves, National Park Community College, Arkansas
Dawn Hampton, Manatee Community College, Florida
Devorah Hayman, Gateway Community College, Arizona
Cheryl Jackson, Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee
Cheryl Lewis, Genesee Community College, New York
K. Lievers, Pueblo Community College, Colorado
Pamela Lindsey, Owensboro Community and Technical College, Kentucky
Shirley McDonald, Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa
Shauna McElroy, Folsom Lake College, California
Julie Mertes, Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon
Tara Nevill, Volunteer State Community College, Tennessee
Carmen Ortiz, Truckee Meadow Community College, Nevada
Nilea Rohrer-Parvin, Austin Community College, Texas
M. Salchert, Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma
G. Snell, Sacramento City College, California
Christina Stanton, Butler Community College, Kansas
Amanda Star, Harry S. Truman College, Illinois
Tanya Vitale, St. Louis Community College, Missouri
Suzanne Zwecker, Finger Lakes Community College, New York
Phi Theta Kappa member Joshua Spaccarotelli from Wenatchee Valley College in Washington received a Family Scholars award.
AT&T Makes Donation to JRF
Paul Chambers, Northeast Georgia District Manager of AT&T, announced that AT&T is making a gift of $10,000 to the Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF). The announcement of the gift was made public at JRF’s 31st Annual Dinner held on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at The Classic Center.
JRF’s Annual Dinner event is the organization’s largest fundraiser attended by community and business leaders from across Georgia, including this year’s keynote speaker Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emeritus of Kennesaw State University.
Highlights of the 2007 Annual Dinner also included the attendance of JRF Scholars as well as the raffling of a diamond bangle bracelet donated by JWR Jewelers valued at $4,295.
The Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF) is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who are pursuing a vocational or undergraduate college education. In 2007, JRF will award scholarships of $2,000 each to 80 women. Scholarship recipients have a vision of how an education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities and are overcoming tremendous obstacles to pursue their degrees. The organization, chartered in 1976, honors the legacy of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to U.S. Congress. To date, $1 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 500 low-income women across the U.S.
The generous donation given by AT&T supports the JRF scholarship program and will help pay for operating expenses. A $10,000 donation places AT&T on the National Presenting Sponsorship level with JRF