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Jeannette Rankin scholar receives Courageous Educator Award!

Jeannette Rankin scholar receives Courageous Educator Award!

JRF | Feb 10 2015 |  · · · 

Angela was presented with the Courageous Educator Award by Educators for Social Justice! She works as an assistant professor in human services and serves as the department chair at St. Louis Community College. In 1997, she needed help paying for college.

"My Jeannette Rankin Fund scholarship allowed for me to complete my education and in doing so, spurred my professional development and community involvement," Angela said.

After earning her Bachelor's degree in Social Work in 1999, Angela went on to earn her Master's. She's kept busy since then, doing incredible work in her school and community.

Here's an excerpt on why she was selected:

“Angela’s fervor for social justice in the realm of education was clear from the very first moment we reviewed her nomination,” Accettola said. “She works ardently to organize her students to promote equality across the city through various student clubs. She also has her hand in addressing a wide variety of social justice issues, including homelessness and women’s rights. Simply put, Angela’s passion pervades all areas of her life.”

Congratulations, Angela! We are so happy your contributions and hard work are being recognized. To read more about Angela and her work in and out of the classroom, click here.


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Message from the Executive Director

JRF | Jan 14 2015 |  · · · 

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Happy New Year!

I hope your 2015 is off to a great start like ours is. The final numbers are in: from November 1 – December 31, 2014, donors contributed $106,638.50. Generous new friends and long-time supporters helped exceed our $100,000 Challenge goal. These gifts help low-income women go to school, pursue better careers and conquer poverty permanently.

This year starts brightly for Jeannette Rankin scholars beginning Spring Term. Several anticipate graduation in May. Others are already beginning their new jobs. Jeannette Rankin scholar Theo was working full-time, raising her daughters, and going to school and studying at night. In December, she sent us a holiday card saying: "Thank you so much for everything! I graduated on Saturday and was hired after my first interview the following Wednesday." Now Theo is a classroom teacher, inspiring her students to do their best in school.

I have the utmost gratitude for Jeannette Rankin Fund supporters. On behalf of all the amazing women who are our scholars, thank you. You’re helping women succeed through education!


Sue Lawrence


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Press Release: ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party to benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund

Press Release: ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party to benefit Jeannette Rankin Fund

JRF | Dec 05 2014 |  · · · 

ZoomWorks Photography, an Athens based studio, takes on a creative project annually and this year the focus was the celebration of women.  The company, owned by Shannah Montgomery and Marisu Wehrenberg, has many specialties.  One of them is Boudoir. In the spirit of how they have seen that photography genre boost self esteem, Marisu and Shannah came up with the idea of a feminine Zodiac Calendar, showcasing the beauty and power they find in all women. 

The launch party for the 2015 calendar will be Thursday, December 11th, from 7-9pm at Hendershot's on Prince Avenue. Calendars are $20 each and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jeannette Rankin Fund, a non-profit that helps women fulfill their dreams of higher education.  Come meet the beautiful women in front of and behind the camera for this project, get a jump on your holiday shopping and support a great cause.

ZoomWorks Zodiac Calendar Launch Party - No cover
December 11 - Hendershots on Prince Avenue - 7-9pm
Jeannette Rankin Foundation benefit

If you can’t come to the party, but would like to order a calendar, simply call or write ZoomWorks and they’ll gladly get one out to you.  We take most major credit cards.  Shipping not included.   For delivery in time for Christmas, orders must be placed by December 16th.      706-227-3777


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Up to the Challenge

JRF | Nov 10 2014 |  · · · 

Update -- From November 1 - December 31, 2014, donors contributed $106,638.50! Thank you for helping us beat our $100,000 Challenge.

Exciting news: your gifts will be matched until December 31st!

Generous supporters are providing funds for a $50,000 match to help raise $100,000 by the end of the year. Please join them in supporting women like Sharon:
“Twenty years ago when I stepped out of a Greyhound bus, it wasn’t to attend college, but to go to the battered women’s shelter.  I’m happy to report I just became a volunteer at the same shelter where I once lived. I feel so encouraged that I can give back all these years later. It means a lot -- I’m making a difference in the lives of women who are in a place I was once in. My story can also serve to encourage women to never give up.”

Together, we can do it!

The $100,000 goal sounds big, but with your help, we can do it. Please, make a donation that will be doubled today!


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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


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Oconee County Chamber of Commerce


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