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Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund (JRF)

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Causes: Adult Education, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion.

Results: In 2013, JRF awarded 87 scholarships, bringing the total amount awarded since 1976 to more then $2 Million. In 2014, supporters across the country will make it possible to award another 87 scholarships.

Target demographics: low-income women, 35 and older

Direct beneficiaries per year: 87 women are receiving JRF scholarships in 2014.

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: scholarships and support to help women pay for tuition, as well as rent, child care, transportation, and other living expenses while enrolled in college.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 pjgal2000

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship means the world to me! As a non traditional, "older" woman college student, being awarded the JRF scholarship has helped me in so many ways. Not only through the much needed funds, but in the support and encouragement both from the foundation and from my fellow JRF scholars. Thanks in a large part to this organization, I enter my senior year of nursing school next month and in May of 2016 I will live my dream as I graduate with my RN degree. I could never thank Jeanette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund enough for ALL this scholarship has and does mean to me! Pam Jones

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the third semester JRF has helped me pursue my history degree so I can go on to graduate studies and teacher certification. Then I will not only be a positive influence on youth, but earn a decent living. Win-win. The funds are greatly appreciated even though they are only a fraction of my education expenses; the encouragement from being selected and supported are equally valuable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation helps mature women in financial need pay for college. $1000 a semester is a significant boost in making ends meet. My university quickly processed the funds deposited to my account, which I can use for tuition or for daily expenses. JRF is not an impersonal money machine, though, but a community of caring women that offers support and encouragement on an individual basis.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation has assisted hundreds of older women attain their educational and vocational goals for more than three decades. Through these women, the JRF has had incalculable positive impacts upon the families and communities they support and serve. Dedicated volunteers and staff work together to accomplish the foundation's mission with limited funding by wise and responsible investments of money, time and other resources.

1 Deborah U.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jeannette Rankin Foundation, though starting small, has grow increasingly over the 24 years that I have lived in Athens. I have seen so many of their recipients attain, or even excel in stated educational goals. These woman, most likely would have had few other resources to aid them in their quest for higher education, better paying job, and in many cases a way to break a cycle for their daughters or sons. The events, with top quality organization and variety, draw many more new participants each year. The recipients who come back each year to share also inspire the entire room of woman- we are indeed changing the world! I know that Jeannette Rankin would be very proud of the tireless work that is done in her name at JRF, and that is why they get my vote for the Top Rated Nonprofit!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've have been a donor of JRF for years and I know the money I donate goes to great cause. You can look at JRF's 990 and know that money is being managed well. I always recommend that people do research on organizations before they donate. Do a quick google search for 990 finder and you can access the JRF's 990 and see how they use money--you will be impressed. I've donated in the past and plan on making another donation before the end of 2012. I plan on being a lifetime JRF donor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very effective organization with very small infrastructure. Inspiring women changing the world!

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Donor

Rating: 5

JRF is a small organization with a BIG mission. Their focus on supporting the education mature women has enormous influence on the lives of grant recipients. JRF does a great deal with small resources and gets my support!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having served on various nonprofit boards in the arts and in education for over twenty-five years, JRF has become a valued extension of service in those areas. I was drawn to JRF because of its focus on providing financial support for adult women who are investing in higher education as a life changing experience. Having these women in the college classroom, most often serving as exemplars to other students, drew me to volunteer with JRF. The opportunity to serve on the board of directors has revealed the depth of commitment of the leadership and staff in fulfilling the mission JRF. This is the way to “give back” to my profession.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I first learned about this organization when he attended a workshop for non-profits seven years ago. We are both retired university professors and throughout our careers have worked with older students who needed financial assistance to continue their educational programs. These students because of their life experiences and maturity have so much to offer and we have enjoyed working with them in our respective disciplines. We are also familiar with reading applications and making decisions about which applicants might be most likely to achieve their goals. So working with the Foundation is a wonderful way for us to use our skills to assist women over 35 in reaching their goals. It continues to be a most rewarding experience for us.

1 Ruth19

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jeannette Rankin Foundation is amazing. After volunteering for several years, I joined the Board because I believe so much in the work they do. Through scholarships and other support services they help adult women return to college. Through education these women are improving their lives and those of their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a regular volunteer for JRF for nearly a year. Each time I go there to work, my job is clearly organized and ready for me. I have had many meaningful and positive experiences with them. Being a scholarship reader has been very rewarding. Reading all of the stories of the amazing women who apply for this scholarship has given me insight into the hardships people face and overcome in their determined work toward an education and better way of life. I am very proud to be associated with JRF, and often recommend them to friends looking for a place to volunteer. To the JRF scholars - I am so very honored to share in your experience and so very proud of all of your hard work. My best wishes to you and your families.

1 Diane52

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was awarded a JRF scholarship for three years when I was working toward my B.A. I can't say enough about how much the support I received from JRF helped me to change my life for the better. I will always be grateful for the work they do to help women achieve their dreams.

Donor

Rating: 5

JRF scholars are inspiring women who proactively chose to change their and their families lives through education. One by one these scholars are changing the direction of not only their future but they are empowering their own children and others in their community to reach for their dreams and aim hight. There is no greater message I could ever hope to pass to my own daughter.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a non-traditional student and am working towards a Masters degree in Social Work. I applied for a scholarship through the Rankin Foundation and thank God that I was chosen. April Greene is the person who notified me when I was selected and she was very enthused for me and was very helpful in answering all my questions. She continued correspondence through email or phone, just like she said she would. Even when she was out to have her baby, someone stepped right in and continued the needed correspondence. I have felt very welcomed and believe this is a great foundation who continues to follow up with recipients. The scholarship was a great honor for me and it has helped me so much financially so that I am able to concentrate on my studies. Thank you all very much.

Pat_17

Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally met and spoke to the scholars supported by JRF. Their stories are amazing - more importantly, their gratitude for the connection to JRF is stronger and bigger than just the donation -it's the connection with people that care about them - staff, volunteers, and donors. What's more exciting to me is that a scholar has the opportunity to renew her scholarship - the $2,000 scholarship can turn into a $10,000 scholarship over 5 years. Finally, I am impressed with how the JRF scholarship doesn't just help the scholar. It also helps her family and her community - JRF scholars give back to their communities and they are donors to JRF as well.

Vicki16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While reading applications from women seeking scholarships, I came to understand many difficulties faced by mature women trying to support themselves and their families without a college degree. One particularly striking issue: many women had a work history of a few months here, a few months there, then on to somewhere else. I wondered why they couldn't stick with a job.......until one woman explained how employers only keep them on the job until they've earned benefits, then let them go and hire someone else. I am honored to be a part of an organization empowering women to change their lives and their communities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have recently moved to Athens, GA and the JRF has embraced my company and the women who they help are truly inspiring! The ability to take their lives in a new direction with such grace, courage, and strength brings tears to my eyes. I had the honor to attend the annual dinner and was truly humbled to be in their presence. Words cannot express the life changing impact JRF has on these receipients, their families, and communities. Please take a moment to listen to a story and your life will be ever changed, as well as your perspective on it! Just Amazing!!

Donor

Rating: 5

My nephew and I endowed a scholarship in my late sister and mother's name. They both went back to college in their early 40's to realize their dreams. After their passing, there was no doubt that the legacy they left us could be reborn with the scholarships the Jeannette Rankin Foundation provides to low income women, over thirty five who turn to education to move their lives forward. Our confidence in the mission, the staff and the dedication of the JRF board and volunteers has been completely justified. We would encourage anyone who supports adult education for mature, low income women to learn more about the Jeannette Rankin Foundation. They are unequaled.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JRF is very unique organization that helps women who are 35 and have families to get college degree. I am one of those women. Now, I am a full time student in Engineering school. I am very grateful to JRF for their support during my last 2 years at the Arizona State University. They give an individual attention to every women they serve. Their staff is amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This a wonderful organization that inspires and enables women to continue their education and take charge of their lives. They provide support and encouragement to women who are 35 and older.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Six years ago, after 29 years of marriage and 8 children together, I was divorced from my unfaithful and abusive husband. I had to continue to provide for our youngest as well as be a positive force for the older adult children. JRF has given me wings to fly...much more than crucial financial aid: this foundation connected with me as a person and strengthened my will to believe in a future that was open to me through the priceless gift of education & hard work. I have worked part-time as a Nursing Assistant while earning a 4-yr degree to become a RN. Thank goodness for JRF! Now, at age 58, I will be graduating with honors and a 4 year BS degree in Nursing this coming May. JRF's continued support has impacted all of our lives with hope and confidence that education is available to even those who do not have money but who want to become qualified for a career. JRF provided the confidence to hope and the material help to make it happen!

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Donor

Rating: 5

It goes without saying that the five of us who started the Foundation are extremely awed by the success of an endeavor that at first offered one woman a $500 scholarship and now for several years has grown into an organization that contributes $2000/yr to the education of 80+ women. But far outweighing the demographics is knowing that women who have faced some incredible hurdles and hardships have been uplifted to complete their academic programs in vo-tech or undergraduate accredited institutions. There is no doubt that when a woman receives this type of assistance she benefits, but also her family and community is tremendously strengthened. Our Foundation appeals to people no matter their political persuasions, gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. I think one of the main reasons for the success and growth is the incredible leadership the Foundation has enjoyed with each generation of participants standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before-- creative, caring, men and women. Also, the local community has been phenomenal in its support and involvement in this national organization. People who agree to read the applications are always deeply moved, and by involving large numbers of people in the reading and selection of award recipients, we have attained lifelong commitment to the endowment and the mission. Being associated with the original founders and all who have joined us has given awesome meaning to my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our families dreams are coming true since 2004 when I was honored to receive a Jeanette Rankin Scholorship to assist my education to obtain my Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education. I earned Magna Cum Laude with the confidence that JRF staff gave to me by building up my self esteem. Just knowing that they were there with kindness and understanding allowed me to trust again and believe in myself. This August my son is fortunate to be excepted as a student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.He earned his first Pilot Liscense this summer. My Dream to succeed was to graduate from college prior to my two teens and that has been achieved with all the support of JRF. My children are motivated for higher education too because they saw how important it was to their Mother. I thank JRF from the bottom of my heart for all they have done for my family the past six years and forever. They truly are a wonderful group of volunteers who care deeply about helping others in need of a better life through educating themselves to achieve to become financially independent. My prayers are for my daughter to complete High School and go on to college to pursue her desire to be in the medical field. Also, my son to complete his college degree and fly high. I work with the at-risk and special education youth population in my community. Dreams do come true.