This year, 120 women are receiving hope, strength and financial assistance in the form of Jeannette Rankin scholarships.
Since 1976, more than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 1,000 women all across the U.S.
JRF Scholars are succeeding! 91% 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%.
Since 1976, 65% of JRF Scholars have graduated with a post-secondary degree! In comparison, the national average for our demographic of students is 31%.
We award flexible-spending scholarships of $2,000 per year, renewable for up to 5 years. JRF Scholars can use their funding to cover tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, childcare, or other living expenses while they're in school.
With a Bachelor's Degree, women's median annual household income jumps from $30,056 to $54,548. Post-secondary education is the key to escaping poverty.
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.
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 this year 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!
“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