Our impact

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This year, women are receiving hope, strength and financial assistance in the form of Jeannette Rankin scholarships. From all over the country, these women submitted applications for financial aid, because they are working to create a better life for themselves and their families. In addition to scholarships, Jeannette Rankin Foundation encourages and strengthens scholars through support via cards, phone calls, emails and a network of Scholars and alumnae.

For 42 years we have been empowering women through education. More than 1000 women have been awarded Jeannette Rankin Fund scholarships, but the impact extends far beyond their individual life. Jeannette Rankin Scholars have families and friends and communities that benefit from their education. As women become financially secure, their families can eat healthier, spend more time together, and most importantly, their families see how education can benefit them, too.

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund has given out $3 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 women since it was founded in 1976. Currently, we award $2,000 scholarships that can be renewed for up to 5 years for each Scholar. Our Scholars come from diverse backgrounds and cultures across the United States, but are united in their determination to finish their post-secondary degrees in order to build a better life for themselves and their families. These women are dedicated to paying it forward within their communities as well, with most volunteering on a regular basis.

 

Post-secondary education is one of the keys to escaping poverty. Women in the United States with only a high school diploma have an average median household income of $30,056. But with a Bachelor’s degree or higher the median household income jumps 81.5% to $54,548!

The typical JRF Scholar is single, head-of-household, providing for two children on her own, with a median household income of less than $20,000 per year. When they graduate from college, JRF Scholars are prepared to enter the workforce with a significantly higher earning potential, and the capacity to grow within their careers.

JRF Scholars are succeeding - even while balancing full-time jobs, full-time class schedules, raising children, and volunteering in their communities! 87% of JRF Scholars either graduated or continued on towards completing their degrees last year. The national average for this demographic of students is only 31%.

50% of JRF Scholars are the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education, and they are setting examples for their children to go to pursue higher education as well. 

55% of JRF Scholars reported that without the Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship, they would have had to stop taking classes due to financial constraints.

JRF Alum Khadijah completely turned her life around, and has recently finished her first year of law school. Watch for her story!

Testimonials

“Without the help and support, I do not think I would be able to pursue my education. Knowing that the funds can help with my everyday living expenses, such as lights, or car payment has been the most amazing thing. It has greatly impacted myself and my family.”

-Laura J. Dover Foxcroft, ME Nursing

"I am so very grateful for the financial help that this organization is willing to provide as well as the fact that this foundation does not just give out financial support, but keeps in contact with the recipients. Making sure that we have the help we need, pointing us in directions that we might not know exist, which in turn raise our chances for successes.  I am truly grateful to be able to say that I am a part of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation sisterhood.”

- Jeanette T. Hurricane, UT Psychology

“The Jeannette Rankin scholarship has been invaluable in providing the extra financial and emotional support I needed to successfully navigate the world of academia after many years away from higher education. The scholarship has allowed me to attend college on a full-time basis and greatly reduce the stress of monetary worries.”

- Kelly D. Englewood, OH Psychology

"The funding quite literally keeps me alive in the day to day struggle to keep my head above water. It will help me to quite literally prevent myself from becoming homeless.”

- Madelyn S. Honolulu, HI Women’s Studies