AT&T Makes Donation to JRF
Paul Chambers, Northeast Georgia District Manager of AT&T, announced that AT&T is making a gift of $10,000 to the Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF). The announcement of the gift was made public at JRF’s 31st Annual Dinner held on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at The Classic Center.
JRF’s Annual Dinner event is the organization’s largest fundraiser attended by community and business leaders from across Georgia, including this year’s keynote speaker Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emeritus of Kennesaw State University.
Highlights of the 2007 Annual Dinner also included the attendance of JRF Scholars as well as the raffling of a diamond bangle bracelet donated by JWR Jewelers valued at $4,295.
The Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF) is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to low-income women, ages 35 and older, who are pursuing a vocational or undergraduate college education. In 2007, JRF will award scholarships of $2,000 each to 80 women. Scholarship recipients have a vision of how an education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities and are overcoming tremendous obstacles to pursue their degrees. The organization, chartered in 1976, honors the legacy of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to U.S. Congress. To date, $1 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 500 low-income women across the U.S.
The generous donation given by AT&T supports the JRF scholarship program and will help pay for operating expenses. A $10,000 donation places AT&T on the National Presenting Sponsorship level with JRF
Siegel talks to Rankin Foundation
The first female president in the University System of Georgia spoke in honor of the first woman elected to U.S. Congress at the annual Jeannette Rankin Foundation dinner.
Betty L. Siegel, president of Kennesaw State University from 1981 until 2006, gave the keynote speech at the dinner on Thursday night at the Classic Center.
Rankin, who spent her retirement years in Oconee County, willed her estate to a group of women with the stipulation that they use it to educate low-income women.
The group established the foundation and set up a college scholarship endowment with $16,000 from the sale of Rankin’s estate in 1976.
The endowment has grown to $700,000, and the foundation holds the dinner every year to raise money for the scholarship fund. More than 450 women have attended college on foundation scholarships since 1978, and 78 women received $2,000 scholarships in 2006.
Previous scholarship recipients MagdaLena Nieves and Mary Kay Salchert also spoke at the dinner on Thursday.
With the announcement of this year’s winners on Thursday, the foundation awarded a total of $1 million in scholarships to more than 500 women from around the country, according to a news release. For more information about the foundation and the scholarship program, visit www.rankinfoundation.org*