Quilt to benefit low-income women
This year's quilt was patterned by JRF staff and sewn by crafty JRF volunteers. Your raffle ticket purchase supports women working hard to conquer poverty through education. Made of a variety of batik squares, this quilt is truly one of a kind!
$5 per ticket
5 tickets - $20 (save $5)
15 tickets - $50 (save $25)
35 tickets - $100 (save $75)
Tickets are no longer available online. Quilt drawing will be at our High Hat Party on April 14, 2013. Need not be present to win.
Changes to Pell Grant harm college students, potentially causing drop in enrollment
For the first time in 15 years, college enrollment has dropped. Between fall of 2010 and fall of 2011, there was a decrease in over 34,000 enrolled students. Colleges in the country have seen these drops, in part, due to new Pell eligibility guidelines. The changes were a cost cutting method because the program had doubled in size in only four years due to an increase in recipients and award amounts.
To offset expenses, the program changed the guidelines for eligibility. The guidelines now include fewer semesters of eligibility, no summer grants and a lower income cap. Many low-income students struggle financially and must borrow substantially more money to cover tuition, books and fees. Others are discouraged from even enrolling due to high tuition costs without the help of Pell.
Those affected include JRF scholars like LaTrena. In 2011, we covered the effects of changing Pell eligibility in this way. In an interview, LaTrena discusses the importance of the JRF scholarship, especially during this time.
In 2013, JRF will award more scholarships than ever – 87! There are so many who need help changing their lives through education, and donors are making it possible.
However, there are still plenty of students that need support! In the future, we hope that there will be Pell grant reforms that take away barriers that disproportionately impact nontraditional students. Read more here. What do you see in the future for Pell grants?
Spring 2013 intern and JRF blogger, Molly Berg
Hi readers! My name is Molly and I am the Public Relations Intern for JRF this spring. I will be helping JRF’s Marketing and Development Coordinator, Bentley Worthy, with social media and publicity assignments. In my role, I also get to write blog posts. How great is that? If you have any suggestions for stories, I’d love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below!
Here’s a little bit about me. I'm a junior at the University of Georgia studying mass media arts and political science, with a minor in comparative literature. My interests are vast, but I have a special fondness for communications and women’s issues. Luckily, this internship is a perfect fit!
This spring I hope to promote the opportunities that JRF provides to women scholars, ages 35 and older, all over the country. Amazing things are happening through JRF and I can’t wait to blog about them this spring. Cheers!