Endowed Scholarships

For millions of women, education is the only resource against poverty. This especially true for those who haven't had the financial capability to pursue a college education, or the encouragement to take a new direction on the road that leads to financial self-sufficiency.

We are indebted to Jeannette Rankin who bequeathed part of her estate to provide the seed money to create the nonprofit scholarship program that now honors her memory. Our Endowment Fund was created to ensure that her legacy lives on, and the financial resources for college scholarships continue to be available for mature women in need - not only for today, but in the decades to come.

Thank you for your loyal support and for considering a Planned Gift to the Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Endowment. Your Planned Gift today will provide the scholarships of the future and carry your own lasting legacy forward. We encourage you to consult with your professional advisers on how this gift will fit into your overall financial plans.

It’s easy to follow Rankin’s example and make a difference for women across the country with a legacy gift. Read more about different types of gifts below and call Karen Sterk at 706-540-9154 for more information.

Alexandra Kilpatrick

Alexandra Kilpatrick (facilitated by Donna Zenor) Alexandra Kilpatrick, better known as Alix, lived a life in which she focused on pursuing her dreams, from working at a theater in Paris, France, to opening a yoga studio in New Zealand, to flying for American Airlines. She was passionate about having a full life, and as she…

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Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence (given by Arthur Lawrence) Barbara and Art at a formal event together in 1950 Barbara Lawrence was passionate about empowering women. She earned her degree as a Registered Nurse from New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston in 1951. She married Arthur F. Lawrence, a student at Northeastern University. Later, when…

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Bertha Merrill Holt

Bertha Merrill Holt (given by W. Jefferson Holt) Bertha Merrill “B” Holt was born on August 16, 1916 in Eufaula, Alabama. She came from a long family line of lawyers. Her great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all practicing attorneys. In 1938, she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Agnes Scott College and went on to…

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Catherine Ballou Kleiner

Catherine Ballou Kleiner (given by Heather and Scott Kleiner) Catherine Ballou Kleiner was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1966 to Heather and Scott Kleiner. Her mother, Heather, is one of the Founders of the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Foundation. Catherine grew up in Athens, Georgia where her father taught as a professor at the University…

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Cindy Short

Cindy Short (given by Gail Cowie) Cindy Short was deeply committed to work that informed and empowered women, individually and collectively, as a means of progressive social change. In all of her activities, she encouraged the people with whom she worked with to reach beyond their limits and set high goals. Cindy died unexpectedly on…

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Elayne L. Perry

Elayne L. Perry (given by Elissa Perry) Elayne was an intellectually curious, lifelong learner and single mother of three daughters. Her daughters are Elissa, Shira, and Arielle. Elayne was the daughter of Al Levin and Jesse Levin. Her mother was a teacher who received a college degree at a time when relatively fewer women did…

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Forest Stewart Hillyard

Forest Stewart Hillyard (given by Sylvia Hillyard Pannell) Forest and her daughter, Sylvia Forest Stewart Hillyard was born in 1907. Her daughter, Sylvia Hillyard Pannell, describes her mother, who came of age in the 1920s, as a “real flapper.” Forest was a courageous and self-determined woman who enjoyed the independence of having a successful career…

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George and Mary Bailey

George and Mary Bailey (given by Sue Bailey) George and Mary Bailey were the parents of Susan R. Bailey, one of the founders of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation. Both George and Mary attended college during the depression, giving them a deep appreciation for higher education. Lack of funds forced Mary to withdraw from a private…

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Greta Kleiner

Greta Kleiner (given by Heather and Scott Kleiner) Greta Kleiner was the daughter of Scott Alter and Heather Smith Kleiner, JRF Founding Mother. She was born in Chicago in 1961 and moved with her parents to Lynchburg, VA, where her sister Catherine was born in 1966 before they moved to Athens, Georgia. Greta was a…

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Hardeep Sodhi

Dr. Hardeep Sodhi (given by Mimi Sodhi) Dr. Hardeep Sodhi left India in the late 50’s and came to the United States to join her husband and do her Medical Doctor Residency. While in the states, she gave birth to their daughter Mimi. At that time in America, she and her family experienced a lack…

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Mabel Davison

Mabel Davison (given by Ralph and Nancy Davison) Mabel Davison was born Mabel Donaho in 1909 near Floresville, Texas. She was a loving mother and grandmother to her family. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1928 and began her career, following the profession of her mother…

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Mae Sterk

Mae Sterk (given by her children Stanley, Nancy, Helen, Karen, Joel, and Janet Sterk) Mae Sterk’s Nursing Picture Mae with her family Mae had a deep love for education, and particularly for science.  She aspired to be a doctor in a time where there were few female doctors. Her father refused to send her to college…

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Mattie Newton Traylor

Mattie Newton Traylor (given by Sarajane Love) Mattie Newton Traylor was born and raised in rural Troup County, Georgia in 1888. She graduated with honors from Agnes Scott College in 1909. She returned to Troup County, married L.H. Traylor, and raised a family of three. She was actively involved in her church and her community…

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Michael Erlanger

Michael Erlanger (given by Mary Erlanger) Michael was born on April 8, 1915 in New York City, son of Milton and Alene Stern Erlanger. He attended the University of North Carolina and Ohio State University. Upon graduating, he went to work for BVD Corporation, the business founded by his grandfather and great-uncle, Charles and Abe…

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