Women of all ages are choosing higher education
With the current economic conditions, women of all ages are prompted to return to school. At JRF, we support nontraditional students as they continue their education. Close to 900 applications were sent in last year from women 35 and older who need help going to college. The determination is great in this group, but also in younger generations. According to _The New York Times_ article, “Instead of Work, Younger Women Head to School,” younger women are foregoing part-time jobs or unemployment in higher rates than their male counterparts, to pursue higher education. Men are more likely to take whatever job is available to them, including part-time work and night shifts.
While the country’s future economic health is unpredictable, many experts believe that women’s decision to attend school will lead to women having “a significant advantage over their male counterparts.”
“Women, much more so than men, are planning for the future…America’s young women will be doing a great service to our country in the future,” wrote Harry C. Alford, president and chief executive of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, in an opinion column for The New York Times.
Women of all ages are pushing themselves to earn degrees and make an impact on their communities. Despite an unstable economy, women have a bright future!
Intro from your spring 2012 JRF blogger
Hi, I’m Caroline and I am excited to be working with JRF this spring as the PR intern. I will be assisting Bentley, JRF’s Development and Marketing Coordinator, in marketing and publicity projects. I will also be blogging for JRF this spring and hopefully sharing informative and interesting posts about JRF, JRF scholars and women in education.
As far as a little more about me…I currently attend the University of Georgia and I'm pursuing a journalism degree with an emphasis in PR. I knew that I wanted to earn a journalism degree because I love reading and writing. While I love words, math is definitely not my thing – I admire anyone who excels in math! When not attending class or doing homework, I enjoy running (attempting to train for a 5K), yoga (the perfect way to relax after a stressful school day) and baking (healthy and not so healthy treats).
I wanted to intern with JRF because I love the work they are doing and I am inspired by the scholars who are pursuing their dreams.
Hope you enjoy reading and commenting on the JRF blog!
Pell Grants preserved but changed
The fear of deep cuts to Pell Grants have been alleviated, but changes to the program will affect between 100k - 150k current recipients. The new criteria includes limiting student eligibility to 12 semesters (down from 18). This is particularly harmful to nontraditional students who often go to school part time, meaning a longer education timeframe, because of work and family responsibilities. Changes will go into effect July 1.
Lauren Ahser, president of the Institute for College Access & Success said, "People don't realize how crucial aid is to access and completion. It sends the exact wrong signal to cut aid when we need more people, especially those who are low income, to get through college."
Here at JRF, we see the difference scholarships make for low-income, nontraditional students. Next year, we'll be awarding more scholarships to create opportunities for more women to change their lives through higher education. You can help.