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Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund (JRF)

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Nonprofit Overview

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 post secondary education.

Results: In 2018, JRF awarded 133 scholarships, bringing the total amount awarded since 1976 to more then $2.75 Million.

Target demographics: low-income women, 35 and older

Direct beneficiaries per year: 133 women are receiving scholarships in 2018

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

Donor

Rating: 5

I read about JRF a few years ago and have regularly donated what I can since then. I wish I could give them more! I don't live in Georgia, but my own work with survivors of domestic violence in New York taught me the importance of education and economic self-sufficiency for all women. JRF provides both financial and moral support to women who are re-making their lives and I admire both the organization and the women who have earned their support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was my lifelong dream to be able to go to college and get education. My passions are the fields of Information Technology and Computer Science. However due to difficult pregnancies and later taking time off to be with my children I couldn't go to school until in my 30s. It was a huge step for me to go back to school after so many years. In addition my hearing loss is yet another one of many obstacles to overcome. I didn't know how I would do it if not for help and support of Jeannette Rankin Foundation. Now I am 2 years away from an engineering degree. It's still a long road, however with JR foundation's generous help, I can do it. This will means a lot for my family, it will enable me to give back to community and the country I love.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One of my student jobs was working in a college’s financial aid dept. I know after age 24 scholarship eligibilities sharply decline to scarce. It’s more common for men in this age group to have veteran benefits than women, so scholarships are even more precious to women over age 35. I’m eternally grateful beyond what words can express for Jeannette Rankin (JR) and the Athena Group for making my bachelor’s degree possible. JR is more than college funding, but personally get involved in the lives of scholarship recipients, and provides a platform for fellow scholars to share ideas, encourage, and mentor each other. JR is a catalyst for the development and success of the entire person. I graduated magna cum laude May 2009 from Oklahoma State University. Marketing major, management minor, with unofficial ‘minor’ or focus of Social Marketing. Being electric wheelchair bound in a city with nominal public transit, my income options were limited. I now serve non-profits in Tulsa through grant writing, community relations, and successful advocacy for those with both visible and “hidden” disabilities. Completion of my degree which JR made possible not only equipped me to serve, but provides me the credibility to be heard. They’re also good stewards of what’s entrusted to them, and I want to thank the staff for all of the tireless hours they additionally volunteer to make education and futures possible for not only the current recipients, but also their successive generations. Each scholarship recipient has already invested in their respective communities and/or future career fields. The diverse recipients are hard-working, outstanding women who are facing enormous challenges to achieve enlightenment and empowerment through education both in and outside of the classroom.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mother of three who started very early raising kids. I got pregnant at fifteen with the first one and was a new mom at sixteen. I spent many years at home taking care of the family and raising the children while my husband of 29 years worked to support us the best he could. When our middle child was struggling through his first semester experiences in college I promised to return the next semester with him for support. Saddly he did not continue on after that second semester (yet) but I did. During my last few semester I learned about JRF and decided to apply to ease my student loans and received the scholarship. I really appreciate the foundations help and only wish I had known of them sooner, but every bit helps. Thank you so much to JRF for the help they gave me!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two days before Thanksgiving in 2003 I fled with my 3-year-old son from an abusive marriage. The emotional and psychological damage had taken it's toll on me, and we were homeless for about a year, but by 2005 I was ready to go back to school to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Thanks in part to JRF I was able to complete my schooling without taking on any school loans, and I graduated debt-free in 2009. JRF was very supportive, sending letters of encouragement and little gifts throughout my time in school. One of my favorite gifts was a small book of sticky-notes and muti-colored sticky-note flags that came in very handy for marking pages in my notes and textbooks while studying. I know that sounds like a little thing, but every time I used it, I was reminded that someone out there thought I was worth supporting. I also appreciated the website, and letters and booklets they sent with stories of other clients and quotes and encouraging tips from other scholarship recipients. They even included one of my own quotes, which made me feel valued and appreciated. Now that I'm earning a good salary, I intend to support JRF, and I highly recommend donating to this organization. By touching my life, JRF helps me to touch the lives of countless patients and their families in my new career.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful. They are helping us to achieve our dreams by bettering ourselves and our lives for ourselves and our children. This grant is a blessing in my life helping to pay my rent while I am going back to school to find a better and higher paying job. This is helping me to secure my future and not have to depend on anyone but myself for supporting myself and my kids. Thanks JRF, I couldn't do this without you!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After a wasted life spent working at low-paying, dead-end jobs, and unable to figure out why I was unable to succeed in life, I was finally diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2008. The diagnosis was such a blessing, breaking through all of the crumbling walls which I hid behind and allowing me to find a way out of the morass in which I dwelled. With the help of counselors, doctors, friends, family, and a great support team, I was able to address my biggest stumbling block, that of getting a college education. I started college in the fall of 2008, and have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams! From seeking a one-year vocational degree, I have expanded my college dream to encompass achieving two associate's degrees within three years of first starting school, and I plan to transfer to the state university for my bachelor's degree, and hopefully someday my master's degree. The Jeanette Rankin Foundation has been instrumental in helping me to achieve my dreams, not only by awarding me a scholarship to help pay for my education, but by providing encouragement and support at every turn. I couldn't have come this far without JRF! Thanks! Hillora Lang

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost everyone has a life changing moment. A pivotal point in life where everything after is totally and dramatically different. For me, that moment occurred twelve years ago, when after thirteen years in a very abusive marriage, I finally found the strength to leave. I had endured years of physical and mental abuse, and extremely controlling behavior. With help from a local women’s shelter, I was finally able to break free from this damaging relationship. With no education, no job, no money, and two children to care for, I started a new life. It was during this time of re-building my life that I received the JRF Scholarship. The value of this scholarship was worth so much more than the financial assistance. Their support and encouragement in my endeavor to continue my education also gave me confidence, strength, and the sense that I wasn’t alone, even though I faced many difficult obstacles. I will always have heart-felt gratitude and appreciation for JRF’s investment in my life and the future of my children. Their support has strengthened my commitment to successfully reaching all of my goals, and encouraged me to search for opportunities to return what has been given. They helped change my life, and that has changed the lives of many. JRF is an organization truly committed to helping others, not just for the moment, but for life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In the fall of 2003, at the age of 34, I dipped my toes into the higher education pool at Oregon Coast Community College. It was a lifelong dream of mine to graduate from college. Due to lack of information, motivation, and life circumstances, I had not previously pursued this dream. Inspiration came from my daughter, indirectly. My daughter had always been told she would have 16 years of education, not ending with high school. Around the time she was twelve, she learned I did not have a college degree. It was the motivation I needed. At OCCC, I became involved in Phi Theta Kappa, serving as vice president, in addition to being named Student Scholar in 2006. After a few years of attending the community college while working, I accumulated enough credits to transfer to a 4-year institution. I started 2006 fall semester classes at Mills College (a private school in California) with financial aid, including generous scholarships from the Jeannette Rankin Foundation for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. It was a difficult road. The physical relocation, emotional struggles, and mental challenges tested my resolve daily. Happily, I was involved in the campus Women’s Leadership Institute. I received a B.A. in Sociology in the summer of 2009. In January 2009, I had started working for the non-profit arm of a large bio-pharmaceutical company (through a contract agency), providing patient assistance to the under-insured. The work is immensely rewarding and the wages allow me to live much more comfortably than in the past. I am now being considered for a permanent position. The company only hires people who have completed a 4-year college education. The opportunities ahead of me are unimaginable without JRF. I am the first in my family to earn a bachelors degree. My daughter just completed her first year at college. Because of JRF, the perpetuation of higher education expectations will continue for generations in my family, resulting in more fulfilled lives. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

JRF is an incredible organization, filled with staff who genuinely love their jobs and will go to any and all lengths to achieve their ambitions of helping women in education. I loved being a part of JRF, and will continue to support it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation is a wonderful organization. I love being part of an organization that funds scholarships for low income women. It helps them and their families also.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Jeannette Rankin Foundation is a life-changing organization that I have been involved with for over 25 years. As a volunteer reading applications and selecting finalists, I have personally read about how hard women are willing to work to lift themselves out of horrible circumstances and make a better life for themselves and their families. A common thread among recipients is a strong commitment to give back through their profession and community service. JRF makes the impossible possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on the board of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation. It is very encouraging to read the positive reviews from scholars; helping women complete their education is our entire focus. I can personally vouch for the financial responsibility of this organization; we work hard to commit as much money as possible to our scholars. While funding is always a challenge, we have been fortunate to receive generous gifts to allow us to continue awarding scholarships during the current economic distress.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a recipient of the JRF grant for 3 years and I an tell you that this nonprofit organization is one of the best I ave ever had the pleasure of working with. Since I am studying to be a social worker, I am pretty informed about such entities. It is also one of the few grants that an older, reentry student can get to pursue a college career. I am in my last year of my BSW and I can honestly say I could not have done it without the help and support of JRF. They are not just a foundation-they are a support system. The gals that do the heavy lifting have been there for me anytime I have needed to talk, have worked with me through some pretty difficult issues and are so warm and caring. I hope someday to give back just a smidgen of what they have done for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation has helped me pursue my goal of obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Mid-life I decided to change my career but hesitated to do so because of the cost. The Jeannette Rankin Foundation helped me obtain funding by awarding me scholarships that have made my dream of becoming a teacher possible. What a wonderful, empowering organization!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great foundation. One of JRF's mission is to provide scholarships to women who may not otherwise be able to attend college. They are an excellent source of support. Love them!! The staff is very helpful, they provide access to other scholars with whom you can seek advice and provide support while you are attending school. This foundation is very well organized and could use more financial support so that they may expand ther their role in the lives of women like myself. I hope you would choose to support them. The Jeannette Rznkin Foundation has been a blessing to me in terms of my education.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am graduating with my degree in Geogrphy thanks to the help and support of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation. They have given money and moral support for the past two years to help me accomplish this goal. JRF stays in touch with their scholarship recipients throughout the year and renews their scholarship if they are continuing to meet the criteria. No other scholarship provider has this kind of connection with their scholars. Without them I could never complete my degree and turn my life around, it would be impossible financially.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with the Jeannette Rankin Foundation. Not only have they offered me scholarship money every semester I have been in school, they get to know me personally and send me little gifts to make my school life easier. They stay in contact with me continually and make sure all the scholarship recipients get a chance to know one another. I feel very indebted to the Jeannette Rankin Scholarship committee for helping me obtain my degree. I hope I will be able to pay them back in some small way when I am through with school in May.