Welcome new Executive Director, Karen Sterk!

Greetings Friends –
It is a privilege and honor to take on the leadership of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund. I am energized and excited to build on the organization’s 39 years of providing scholarships and support to low income women 35 and older across the United States.
The groundwork creating a solid infrastructure is Sue Lawrence’s legacy. We thank her for her dedication and service. During her tenure, Jeannette Rankin Fund reached milestones, providing more than $2M in scholarships to nearly 800 women. Sue, April and Bentley helped gain national recognition for our cause and increased impact for hundreds of women.
Education is a core value for us. Board Chair Ruth Bettandorff shares an inspiring story about how her mother went to college later in life. My mother grew up during a time when college education was not a value for many women. Her father had the means to send her to college, but he didn’t think a woman needed a college education. So she paid for it herself. She and my father paid the way for six children, my brothers and sisters and me to go to college. Her spirit and her value of education downloaded to me.
My life’s work has centered around empowering women. In my most recent position, I served the YWCA of Greater Atlanta as both a program and development director, growing programs and raising money for the agency.
I look forward to advancing the mighty mission of Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund. So many more women in our nation need us to assist them with scholarships! A college education is one of the major ways to lift a woman and her family out of generational poverty. A college education gives us a return on our investment in short order. A college education makes our country stronger.
Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to build our cause to serve many, many more women.
Karen Sterk
We educate women because it is smart. We educate women because it changes the world.  
–Drew Faust, President of Harvard