Scholar Spotlight - Leonida
One of our 2010 Scholars, Leonida, recently expressed her gratitude to JRF for the Edith Memorial Award. Leonida is pursuing her Nursing degree full time while simultaneously working and caring for her daughters.
She says, “It’s not easy for me to attend school, take care of my family, and to go to work at the same time while endeavoring to maintain good grades. I explain to them that what I am doing now is not only for me, but also for them.”
After working in a nursing home for 13 years, Leonida realized that serving and caring for others is what she loves to do. By December 2010, her program for a license in Practical Nursing will be complete.
Like all of our scholars, Leonida has an ambitious and determined attitude. She has turned many difficult situations in her life into motivation to improve her future, as well as her children’s futures. She is so grateful that JRF is helping her reach her goals.
“Through the generosity of the the people in the community, including Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, I am able to pursue my life’s ambition which is to become a Registered Nurse. Without the generous contributions from good-hearted people in the community, I could not have arrived at where I am today.”
We are so proud of Leonida and all of our 2010 Scholars for getting one step closer to achieving their dreams through higher education.
JRF Board Director Receives High Honor
Ruth Bettandorff, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus, was recently named Outstanding Adult Educator in Georgia by the Georgia Adult Education Association. The award highlights Ruth’s amazing contributions to adult/continuing education. We are so proud that Ruth is a part of the JRF family! For the full artcle, click here.
Shalondan Hollingshed joined the staff of JRF as Financial Program Assistant. Ms. Hollingshed earned her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and is pursuing her Master’s of Public Administration at UGA.
April Greene has been promoted to the position of Program Coordinator. Ms. Green is responsible for managing the scholarship program, which now totals 80 scholarships awarded annually to women across the U.S.
Bentley Worthy has been promoted to the position of Development and Marketing Coordinator. Ms. Worthy is responsible for managing constituent data and communications, and she has recently provided support to the executive director and board directors in the successful Sunshine Lady Challenge campaign.
Sunshine Lady Challenge: The Race Is Still On!
We are entering the last month of our Sunshine Lady Challenge and are proud to announce that we have reached $50,000 in new or increased donations. Sunshine Lady Foundation is continuing to match the donations until the June 30 deadline. However, the race is not over!
In light of several state and federal budget cutbacks and limited financial aid options, low-income students are struggling to pay for higher education. Many highly motivated and hard-working adult women need scholarships in order to train for careers to support themselves and their families.
Join the challenge to empower women to change their lives through higher education. If you are a new donor, your entire gift will be doubled. If you are already a JRF supporter, any amount you donate over your 2009 donation will be doubled. Donate online now by clicking here.
“The scholarship was so much more than money for school. It was an acknowledgment that people believed in me and wanted to help me put my life back together. Your award gave me back my dignity and my self-respect.”
- Suz Jackson, JRF scholar
Huffington Post recognizes JRF as a top nonprofit
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Click “learn more” to check out the Huffington Post article that lists JRF as one of the top nonprofits, based on reviews from GuideStar.