College expenses have increased 121 percent in past 30 years
According to the Washington Post, since 1980, “the average cost of tuition and room and board has grown by a staggering 121 percent while median household income has risen a mere 18 percent.” Read the article, As college costs rise, loans become harder to get to find out how this is affecting low and middle-income students.
Hope Mugs Make Great Gifts
A new selection of handcrafted mugs is just out of the kiln! These beautiful mugs were made by local potters at Good Dirt in Athens, GA exclusively for Jeannette Rankin Foundation this holiday season. Each mug is imprinted with the word Hope and all proceeds benefit JRF.
Mugs may be purchased for $15 at any of the following locations in Athens:
Homeplace Gifts: 1676 S Lumpkin Street
Two Story Coffeehouse: 1680 S Lumpkin Street
Jittery Joe’s Coffee Roasting Co: 780 E Broad Street
Good Dirt’s 12th Annual Holiday Pottery Sale: 510 N Thomas Street (12/11 6-9pm; 12/12-13 9am-6pm)
JRF Office: 1 Huntington Road, Suite 701 (M-F 9am-5pm)
Collection of JRF scholar stories has been published
Daring to Dream, inspiring success stories of thirty JRF scholars, has been published just in time for holiday gift giving. This collection reminds us that living a meaningful life is a process of discovery; one that can be started, and restarted, at any age.
Copies are just $14.95, and the proceeds support JRF’s mission to continue helping women earn a valuable college education.
A note about shipping: Once your payment information has been entered, you may choose from economy shipping, priority shipping, or local customers may pick up orders at the JRF office.
Remembering Karen Holt
JRF grieves the loss of Karen Holt, assistant vice president of the Institute for Public Service at the University of Tennessee, who passed away October 27. Karen served on our board of directors since 2007. She was a good friend of JRF and will be greatly missed.
A farewell tribute will be held in Athens, GA on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Heritage Garden of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Ave, Athens GA 30605.
Private scholarships more important than ever
Students are relying on loans to not only pay their tuition, but to afford their room and board and other living expenses while in school. In this economy, it’s more important than ever for private scholarships like Jeannette Rankin Fund to help students cover their out-of-pocket expenses.
Our scholars often report that JRF scholarships allow them to take out fewer loans, sometimes even allowing them to graduate debt-free. JRF scholars may use their awards to pay for rent, utilities, child care, or even car repairs. These everyday expenses can be giant obstacles to completing a college degree, especially for adult students, like those served by JRF.
Cheryl Lewis says, “The JRF scholarship has enabled me to focus on full-time classes by helping me to bridge the gap when I had to cut hours at work. It has allowed me to stay in school when I otherwise may have been forced to drop out due to financial difficulties. As a result, I have succeeded in making the President’s List for the fall semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA.” Cheryl has received the JRF scholarship for the 2008 and 2009 school years.
As long as college expenses and federal financial aid continue to be out of balance, private scholarships like JRF will be critical to helping low-income students gain access to higher education.