Scholar Stories

Gwendolyn, VA

Individualized Studies/Sociology

Gwendolyn (Gwen) Jordan is a four time JRF Scholarship recipient and is set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies/Sociology this May from Virginia State University. Gwen received her first scholarship from JRF in 2012 and it was the launch pad toward much of her success.

Prior to being awarded her first scholarship from JRF, Gwen was without help of any kind and didn’t think that it would be possible to achieve all that she has since. After receiving the scholarship, Gwen gained some new confidence and started to “soar like an eagle.” In 2014 Gwen graduated from John Tyler Community Collage summa cum laude, receiving her associate’s degree in Human Services.

Gwen was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society and the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi). To return the love and confidence she received from JRF, Gwen started working as a volunteer in her community.

“I have enjoyed helping people learn about community services available to them. I hope to be able to serve in a professional position sometime in the future, where I might have even more of an ability to help victims of domestic violence, substance abusers and people with disabilities,” says Gwen.

After graduation, Gwen hopes to continue to make a difference in people’s lives the same way JRF has made a difference in hers. She would like to thank everyone at JRF for believing in her and giving her the confidence she needed to succeed.

“The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Foundation has given me the opportunity to start over and rebuild my life. From receiving my Associate’s degree to receiving my bachelor’s degree this Spring of 2017, this experience inspired me in so many ways!”