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Review for Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund (JRF), Athens, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I had the honor on September 16th to be chosen as the 2004 Top Scholar Speaker at JRF Event. The Board Members were kind enough to fly me to Atlanta and travel to Athens.I stayed two nights in a hotel,2 dinners,gifts and shuttle service. Very appreciative

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure each year more women are able to be honored with scholarships to help toward educational goals. Also, have the dinner event video taped. Great idea to have the donors listen to the individual stories in person and how they helped them succeed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How the staff is so kind and keeps in touch via email, letters, and postcards. They are all so down do earth and truly care about each of the women scholars as family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I was thrilled to keep in touch with Andrea thoughout the past few years and then had the pleasure of emailing with April the last few months. Meeting Sue and a few of the Board Members were truly an honor.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help build the self esteem of thousands of single mothers by completing their educations and succeeding to become self sufficient and indpendent in their lives and their childrens lives.

Ways to make it better...

I knew they offered this scholarship each year if applied for by the scholar in need. I only received it one time in 2004 and didn't apply again. Although went to college until 2007 to earn my BA/MA and student teach with no income.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The need for additional funding to help more woman in need get education. The economy the way it has been and is getting worse not as many professionals have the funds to donate. The opportunity available for them to receive funds from other sources helps

One thing I'd also say is that...

I changed my career and life completely after being awarded the JRF Scholarship. Became more positive,less fearful,felt appreciated and believed in to succeed. Lost both parents young age so fear of abandonment was rough.Cared for by JRF was meaningful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & I received BA/MA in Education and teach the at risk and special education youth in my community.