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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Meeting several of the recipients, and if not directly meeting them reading the reports of their success with their academic studies and careers. I am made aware frequently of the numbers served - those in their academic programs, those graduated.

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

Having a sustained engagement with others who share a belief in the mission of this organization.

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

Selfless, collaborative, responsive, doers

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

Serve an even larger number of worthy women seeking to complete a vo-tech or undergraduate program who pull themselves up by their go-go boots' bootstraps and who despite unimaginable hurdles in life still serve their communities and don't ever give up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Donor & I am one of the Founders. I am a founder. All of the founders over the years have served as board members (office holders), readers, fundraisers, donors, and participants and volunteers for whatever we are called upon to do.