Athens, Ga. – Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was recognized for excellence with the 2014 National Scholarship Provider of the Year Award. April Greene, Program Manager for the Rankin Fund, received the award in Pittsburgh at the annual National Scholarship Providers Association conference.
According to the NSPA website, “This prestigious award recognizes scholarship providers who demonstrate exceptional leadership, efficiency, and impact in their support of higher education.” The award comes with a $2500 cash prize in addition to the national recognition. NSPA selects from nominations in two categories of scholarship providers, College and University Providers and Independent Scholarship Providers.
During the past year, Jeannette Rankin Fund enhanced its program through an online application system and by creating an Alumnae Advisory Board.
“In 2013, we launched our first fully online scholarship application and review system,” Greene said. “We estimate this saved staff about 71 hours of work in its inaugural year, and we know it will only continue to increase our efficiency. The new system is more efficient for women applying as well. Before we implemented the online application, women downloaded paper applications from our website and often completed the application by hand.”
Members of the alumnae advisory board will represent Jeannette Rankin Fund in their communities, connect with new Jeannette Rankin volunteers and donors, and support current scholars through mentorship and fundraising initiatives.
“Through their experiences as low-income, nontraditional students, Jeannette Rankin scholars and alumnae have the best understanding of the support they need to truly change their lives through education,” Greene said.
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund was chartered in 1976 and is named after the first woman elected to U.S. Congress. The 501(c)3 charity provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion. In 2014, 87 women are receiving scholarships of $2,000 each, which can be used for books, childcare, transportation, utilities, rent, or where needed most to support women while in school. Awards may be renewed for up to five years, so a woman can receive up to $10,000. Jeannette Rankin scholars come from diverse backgrounds, yet they are united in their desire to break the cycle of poverty, better provide for their families and give back to their communities. To learn more about Jeannette Rankin Fund, visit www.rankinfoundation.org.