JRF scholar Melissa Brooks earns BS
JRF scholar Melissa Brooks wrote to us recently with great news: she has finished the coursework for her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management, and she’ll receive her diploma from Franklin University in August! Melissa will join us for the Annual Dinner on Sept 17th at The Classic Center here in Athens to tell us more about her education and the role JRF played in her life.
In her letter, Melissa said, “The encouragement and assistance you have extended has made the difference in my life and the lives of my children.” In addition to completing her degree, Melissa recently accepted a new job as Director of Human Resources at Arkansas State University – Mountain Home. She writes, “This position will provide an increase in pay and other benefits that will greatly improve our lives in many ways. These two milestones in my life go hand-in-hand, and were both made possible through your dedication to improving the lives of others.”
Melissa told us, “I want you to know the Jeannette Rankin Scholarship has made a dramatic difference in our lives. This would not have been possible without your commitment to providing opportunity and support to others. I do believe this story exemplifies the reason Jeannette Rankin decided to promote educational opportunities. She understood the message embedded in the current ASUMH motto, ‘Creating opportunities, changing lives.’ And that is exactly what you have done for me.”
We agree completely; Melissa embodies the values of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation. Her success is a testament to her hard work and dedication. We can’t wait to hear more about Melissa’s accomplishments as a student, a professional, and a mother.
Melissa joins a long line of women who have earned degrees as JRF scholars. Congratulations, Melissa!
JRF applications increase 39%
As the 2009 selection process winds down, JRF has started to assemble a few facts and figures about our 2009 applications.
The most striking is the 39% increase in applications from 2008. 834 women applied for scholarships this year, up from 601 in 2008.
We aren’t surprised at the increased interest in our scholarship program; in tough economic climates, more women return to school as a result of lay-offs or under-employment, and other sources of funding become harder to find. But we didn’t realize how dramatic the increase would be.
Our generous donors provided funds for 80 scholarships, and a group of dedicated volunteers went above and beyond the call of duty to help us complete the selection process.
We’ll be sending letters to 2009 scholars in the coming days. Keep checking back to learn more about the outstanding students in the 2009 scholar class!
JRF joins WCFS
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund is proud to announce that we’ve joined Women, Children, and Family Service Charities of America. WCFS is an umbrella organization made up of charities and foundations serving women and families. WCFS member organizations provide scholarships, job training, and family counseling, aid survivors of domestic violence and child abuse, and research and lobby on family life issues.
By joining WCFS, the foundation becomes an approved charity for the Combined Federal Campaign. If you’re a federal employee, you can now designate JRF for a payroll donation.
We’re excited to be counted among so many great organizations working to improve the lives of women and families.
JRF scholar selected for AAUW award
Rose Bahr, JRF scholar for 2007-2009, was recently selected as the recipient of the AAUW Ashland branch’s undergraduate scholarship. The AAUW is a national organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Each year, AAUW Ashland raises money to award scholarships to local women with inspiring stories of struggle and success. Congratulations to Rose, who is a criminology major at Southern Oregon University with a 3.96 GPA.
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund Annual High Hat Tea and Silent Auction
The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund is hosting its Annual spring fundraiser, the High Hat Tea and Silent Auction Sunday, April 19 from 1-3 at the Lyndon House Arts Center. There will be a raffle for a beautiful hand-made quilt, with ticket sales benefiting JRF, as well as a crazy hat contest, wonderful food, and great time with friends!
So follow that urge and reserve spots for you and your friends today!
Join us at the High Hat Tea for an afternoon of fun! The silent auction will feature original works by local artists, culinary delights, spa services and more. There will be a hat contest, children’s activities and delicious food, wine and tea. Please reserve by April 15.
Lyndon House Arts Center
293 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA
Sunday, April 19
1:00 – 3:00
Reservations: $30 regular or $20 students
Children are free.
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