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Scholar selection and support
Jeannette Rankin Fund volunteers are getting ready for the third, and final, level of application review. Starting with nearly 800 applications, pairs of dedicated supporters have read, analyzed and selected women to move to through two steps in the review process, ultimately ending with a group discussion at level three.
This year, about 60 applicants will be in the final stage of review. From that 60, one-third will not be selected for JRF scholarships. Many long-time volunteers decline to read at level three because the decisions are not easy and there are so many amazing women who need help.
A total of 87 renewal and new scholarships will be awarded this year, more than ever before. Each woman who is selected for a JRF scholarship will receive $2000 for the upcoming school year. Beyond that, she will be able to renew for up to five years, totaling $10,000 towards her education.
In addition, JRF scholars receive support year round from full-time Program Coordinator April Greene and from other JRF scholars and alumna in a closed Facebook group. JRF scholars often mention how important this care and encouragement is during times of stress and discouragement.
Donors and volunteers make all of this possible, and in this, JRF’s $2 Million year, we are grateful for all they’ve helped JRF scholars accomplish.
P.S. To find scholars in your area or career field, head over to our Scholars Stories page.
Celebrating International Women’s Day
March 8 may not seem like a particularly special day. But to those who know it as International Women’s Day, it symbolizes how far women have come in the quest for gender equality.
Compared to other holidays, International Women’s Day is relatively new. It was created in the early 1900s during a period of oppression and inequality for women. Unhappy with their status in society, women began demanding voting rights and better pay for their work. In 1909, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in the United States. Eleven years later, women would be granted the right to vote with the 19th amendment.
International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in countries all over the world including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Ukraine, Russia and Zambia. Many celebrate this holiday by giving gifts to the important women in their lives, like many do on Mother’s Day.
The United Nations joins in by announcing a theme for each year that highlights specific a issue. This year’s theme is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” The theme is sponsored by the UNITE campaign, which is led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable,” said Ban Ki-moon.
Many Jeannette Rankin Fund scholars have faced the horrors of domestic violence and challenges that accompany it, like being single parents and sole providers for their families. Through their strength and determination, they now inspire other women to pursue better lives.
Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to low-income women ages 35 and older who have a vision of how their education will better themselves and the community. Education is critical in finding opportunities in the work force, especially for women seeking better pay and working conditions.
Join the cause and make a difference this International Women’s Day! UNITE by participating in International Women’s Day events and honoring special women in your life with a donation to Jeannette Rankin Fund.
What are your plans for March 8th? Share with us in the comments below.
Throw your hats high at JRF’s High Hat Party!
It’s that time of year again! As Athens transitions from Winter to Spring, the staff here at Jeannette Rankin Fund are gearing up for the High Hat Party! This event is one of our major fundraisers that provides support to women working to conquer poverty. Come celebrate scholars who are throwing their hats high at graduation!
Sunday, April 14th
at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
There will be live music from Atlanta Harmony Celebration!, activities for children by Wild Child Arts, and fantastic auction items. Tickets are $30 and tables of eight are $300. Don’t forget to wear a wacky, stylish, or fun hat to the party!
Online reservations are now closed. If you haven't registered but would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with who will be attending. You will be able to pay at the event.
For a Google map of parking options, click here.
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.
Thanksgiving raffle recap
Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, volunteers and everyone who bought a raffle ticket, the first ever JRF Thanksgiving raffle fundraiser was a great success! The raffle netted more than $1,100, which will greatly help JRF during these tough economic times.
The grand prize, a $500 Kroger gift card, was awarded to Maureen O’Brien (pictured above, right). We were touched to discover that Maureen, in true holiday giving spirit, is contributing her winnings to help people in need. She is donating her prize to Athens Land Trust, People of Hope, and two local families in the Athens area.
Congratulations to Tom Krausmann of Illinois who won the second prize, $40 in Kroger gift certificates.
Thank you once again to everyone who helped to make this project a success. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season.