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Press Release: Jeannette Rankin Fund receives Scholarship Provider of the Year Award

Press Release: Jeannette Rankin Fund receives Scholarship Provider of the Year Award

JRF | Oct 16 2014 |  · · · 

Athens, Ga. – Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund was recognized for excellence with the 2014 National Scholarship Provider of the Year Award. April Greene, Program Manager for the Rankin Fund, received the award in Pittsburgh at the annual National Scholarship Providers Association conference.

 

According to the NSPA website, “This prestigious award recognizes scholarship providers who demonstrate exceptional leadership, efficiency, and impact in their support of higher education.” The award comes with a $2500 cash prize in addition to the national recognition. NSPA selects from nominations in two categories of scholarship providers, College and University Providers and Independent Scholarship Providers.

 

During the past year, Jeannette Rankin Fund enhanced its program through an online application system and by creating an Alumnae Advisory Board.Scholarship Provider of the Year badge

 

“In 2013, we launched our first fully online scholarship application and review system,” Greene said. “We estimate this saved staff about 71 hours of work in its inaugural year, and we know it will only continue to increase our efficiency. The new system is more efficient for women applying as well. Before we implemented the online application, women downloaded paper applications from our website and often completed the application by hand.”

 

Members of the alumnae advisory board will represent Jeannette Rankin Fund in their communities, connect with new Jeannette Rankin volunteers and donors, and support current scholars through mentorship and fundraising initiatives.

 

“Through their experiences as low-income, nontraditional students, Jeannette Rankin scholars and alumnae have the best understanding of the support they need to truly change their lives through education,” Greene said.

 

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was chartered in 1976 and is named after the first woman elected to U.S. Congress. The 501(c)3 charity provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion. In 2014, 87 women are receiving scholarships of $2,000 each, which can be used for books, childcare, transportation, utilities, rent, or where needed most to support women while in school. Awards may be renewed for up to five years, so a woman can receive up to $10,000. Jeannette Rankin scholars come from diverse backgrounds, yet they are united in their desire to break the cycle of poverty, better provide for their families and give back to their communities. To learn more about Jeannette Rankin Fund, visit www.rankinfoundation.org.

 

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Press Release: TV show encourages donations for women’s scholarships

JRF | Sep 25 2014 |  · · · 

Athens, Ga. – HBO TV host John Oliver prompted a spike in gifts to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund on his show “Last Week Tonight.”

 

Viewers from across America have responded to John Oliver’s call to support women’s scholarships programs not contingent on women being contestants in beauty pageants. Jeannette Rankin Fund serves low-income women 35 and older who do not already have a bachelor’s degree.

 

So far, more than 100 people have donated $6,300. Web traffic has also increased substantially for Jeannette Rankin Fund, jumping from around 100 visitors a day to more than 1,100 the day after the program aired.

 

Oliver referred viewers to three women’s scholarship organizations – Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, the Patsy Mink Foundation and the Society of Women Engineers. He said donations should be made “if you want to change the fact that currently the biggest scholarship program exclusively for women in America requires you to be unmarried with a mint condition uterus and also rewards working knowledge of buttock adhesive technology, which is just a little bit unsettling.” Oliver’s segment has gone viral with postings on other news sites and through social media.

 

“With a tiny staff of three full-time employees and one part-time employee managing our national program, this endorsement means a lot,” Sue Lawrence, Executive Director of Jeannette Rankin Fund, said. We were stunned to hear Jeannette Rankin Fund mentioned on Oliver’s TV show. Although we give scholarships to women all across the U.S, most of our supporters are in our local community in Athens, Georgia. We just can’t afford marketing, so Oliver’s shout out to support us is reaching many new people who’re sending support for our cause. Their donations are for $15, $20, and more. They’ve added up quickly, and we’re grateful for every gift.” 

 

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was chartered in 1976 and is named after the first woman elected to U.S. Congress. The 501(c)3 charity provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion. In 2014, 87 women are receiving scholarships of $2,000 each, which can be used for books, childcare, transportation, utilities, rent, or where needed most to support women while in school. Awards may be renewed for up to five years, so a woman can receive up to $10,000. Jeannette Rankin scholars come from diverse backgrounds, yet they are united in their desire to break the cycle of poverty, better provide for their families and give back to their communities. To learn more about Jeannette Rankin Fund, visit www.rankinfoundation.org.

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Press Release: Battelle donates eight scholarships for low-income women in STEM fields

Press Release: Battelle donates eight scholarships for low-income women in STEM fields

JRF | Apr 23 2014 |  · · · 

Athens, Ga. – The Atlanta branch of Battelle, an Ohio based nonprofit research company, awarded a $20,000 grant to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships and support to eight low-income women 35 and older.

 

The women will each receive $2,000 scholarships to support them toward their technical and undergraduate programs. These awards are designated for women entering STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – areas where women are underrepresented.

 

A former recipient of a Battelle Award, Rhonda, recently graduated with her Master’s in Geography and is now working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

“I was working at a hotel aquarium at the top limits of position and earning potential. Now I am in a position with unlimited upward movement and earning potential,” Rhonda said.

 

“Battelle’s generous gift to Jeannette Rankin Fund will have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of the women we serve. The U.S. has an urgent and growing need for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and thanks to Battelle, eight women will build futures in these fields,” Tracey Worthington Stice, Chief Operating Officer of ArunA Biomedical and Jeannette Rankin Fund Board Member, said.

 

“We’re very excited that Battelle is sponsoring women toward their college degrees in STEM careers so they may become financially secure and contribute to the U.S. economy,” Sue Lawrence, executive director of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, said.

 

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was founded in 1976 and provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion. In 2014, 87 women are receiving scholarships of $2,000 each, which can be used for books, childcare, transportation, utilities, rent, or where needed most to support women while in school. Awards may be renewed for up to five years, so a woman can receive up to $10,000. Jeannette Rankin scholars come from diverse backgrounds, yet they are united in their desire to break the cycle of poverty, better provide for their families and give back to their communities. To learn more about Jeannette Rankin Fund, visit www.rankinfoundation.org.

 

Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 22,000 employees at more than 130 locations globally. A 501(c)(3) charitable trust, Battelle was founded on industrialist Gordon Battelle’s vision that business and scientific interests can go hand-in-hand as forces for positive change. Today, Battelle manages the world’s leading national laboratories and maintains a contract research portfolio spanning consumer and industrial, energy and environment, health and pharmaceutical and national security. To learn more about Battelle, visit www.battelle.org.

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Press Release: $10k from Caterpillar Foundation will help low-income women conquer poverty

Press Release: $10k from Caterpillar Foundation will help low-income women conquer poverty

JRF | Dec 04 2013 |  · · · 

Athens, Ga. – Caterpillar, a leading manufacturer of heavy equipment, awarded a $10,000 grant through the Caterpillar Foundation to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) to provide scholarships and support to four low-income women 35 and older.

 

The women will each receive $2,000 scholarships to support them toward their technical and undergraduate programs. The four JRF scholars were selected from hundreds of applicants for the prestigious JRF awards. They live in communities where Caterpillar plants are located: Athens, Ga.; Cary, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; and Minneapolis, Minn. The scholarships can be used for tuition and/or living expenses to best meet the needs of mature, adult students.

 

Caterpillar and JRF are joined in their goals to promote economic growth, to provide an educated workforce and to contribute to the quality of life and prosperity of communities.

 

“We are excited to provide assistance to support education as a long-term strategy against poverty,” said Deb Walock, manufacturing engineering manager at Caterpillar Athens and board member at JRF. “The gift of an education lasts a lifetime and these four women's lives will be forever changed.”

 

“We thank Caterpillar for this wonderful grant because education has the power to transform lives. JRF scholars are overcoming challenges and lifting themselves and their families up out of poverty,” said Sue Lawrence, JRF executive director. “Molly is one of the Caterpillar grant recipients. She rode freight trains across the country to escape poverty and violence in her childhood. Today Molly is turning her life around. She says, ‘Education impacts my quality of life, not just financially but spiritually and emotionally. I have it in my power to break a cycle of poverty and to raise children free from violence.’”

 

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was founded in 1976 and provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion. This year, 87 women are receiving scholarships of $2,000 each, which can be used for books, childcare, transportation, utilities, rent, or where needed most. Awards may be renewed for up to five years, so a woman can receive up to $10,000. JRF scholars come from diverse backgrounds, yet they are united in their desire to break the cycle of poverty, better provide for their families and give back to their communities. To learn more about JRF, visit www.rankinfoundation.org.

 

Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines and diesel locomotives. The Caterpillar Foundation, founded in 1952, is helping to make sustainable progress possible around the world through support of environmental sustainability, access to education and fulfillment of basic human needs. For more information about Caterpillar, visit www.cat.com. For more information about the Caterpillar Foundation, visit www.caterpillar.com/foundation.

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Local author donates toward scholarship in memory of a Georgia Woman of Achievement

Local author donates toward scholarship in memory of a Georgia Woman of Achievement

JRF | Jul 08 2013 |  · · · 

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Athens, Ga. – Athens author Martha Phillips recently donated toward a 2013 Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) scholarship in memory of Mary Ann Rutherford Lipscomb, an Athens native who championed education.

 

The Mary Ann Rutherford Lipscomb Scholarship will help a low-income woman 35 or older have access to higher education that will benefit herself, her family and her community.

Phillips is a member of The Athens Woman’s Club (AWC), which has shown its commitment to education by starting free kindergartens, the Athens Regional Library, the Tallulah Falls School and through sponsoring many other projects.  Phillips invited AWC President Betsy Walker to join her when she presented her donation.

 

Jeannette Rankin scholars are women who have a plan for how to use their education to better their communities. This coupled with AWC’s dedication to women’s welfare and education, inspired Phillips to make the first donation toward the Mary Ann Rutherford Lipscomb Scholarship.

 

"I was a single mother raising two boys, and I can relate to the struggles of JRF recipients. It gives me great pleasure to help other women move forward,” Phillips said. (Picture left to right: Pat Reagan, Sue Lawrence, Martha Phillips, Betsy Walker)

Pat Reagan, Sue Lawrence, Martha Phillips, Betsy Walker

 

Lipscomb was a teacher, principal and one of the founders of AWC. She focused on issues with rural schools in Northeast Georgia and worked through the club to provide textbooks and supplies. As a lobbyist, Lipscomb advocated for compulsory education for Georgia’s youth, free kindergartens and health regulations.

 

The importance of education to Phillips, Lipscomb and AWC ties directly to JRF’s mission to “provide scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion.”

 

This year, 87 women were selected from hundreds of applicants for scholarships of $2000 each. Awards are renewable for up to five years, so a recipient could receive up to $10,000 toward her education.  To date, JRF has provided $2 million in financial aid to more than 750 women across the U.S. JRF is one of the few organizations making scholarships to older women students, an often overlooked group. These need-based scholarships give hope to women who are juggling school, work and family responsibilities. On average, 50% of JRF scholars are first in their families to go to college.  In addition, JRF supports success; of alumnae responding to the annual survey, 84% had graduated or were still enrolled in school. JRF scholars are women who are making great changes for themselves, their families and their communities.

 

To learn more about JRF, visit www.rankinfoundation.org and to learn more about Martha Phillips, visit www.marthaphillips.georgiawriters.org

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