Our Impact

Transforming Futures Through Education

Education can mean the difference between minimum wage and a living salary, between a life of poverty and a promising future.

Our Impact

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation creates access and opportunities for students, empowering them to make it across the graduation podium and improve their lives and the lives of their families and communities.


grants awarded since 1978


awarded to date in Scholar Grants


estimated economic impact of all Rankin Scholars

Rankin Scholars

Lifting the trajectory of women’s lives

Rankin Scholars are working hard to change the trajectory of their lives. Most support their families while going to school to achieve their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree. They are women of grit and substance who are doing everything they can to create a brighter future.


are single mothers


are survivors of domestic violence


are the first in their family to go to college

Making the path to graduation possible

87% of Rankin Scholars

graduate or continue their studies, compared to the demographic average of 8 – 31% Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Going to school costs much more than tuition. Unlike traditional scholarships, our unrestricted Scholar Grants are awarded directly to students. Rankin Scholars may choose to use grant funds in whatever way they need to reach graduation and ease college debt. Rankin Foundation coaching and case management along with our community of Scholars and alumni provide the extra support to help make long-sought dreams achievable.

Single mothers who graduate with a B.A. compared to those with a high school education

Are 64%

less likely to live in poverty

Earn $733,440

more over their lifetime

Contribute $274,392

more in lifetime taxes

Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Three biggest factors for student-mother success:


As little as $2,000 extra a year to help with non-tuition expenses


Support services – case management and coaching


Access to quality childcare

Significant earnings increase for women based on education

Meet Rankin Scholar Alum Kadijah

Khadijah Abdur-Rahman transformed her life with the support of a Rankin Scholar Grant. Today, she proudly serves her community in Georgia as a Fulton County Commissioner and is a role model for her daughter and Rankin Scholars around the country.