Grants

Don’t Let Hidden Insecurities Keep You From Pursuing a Goal

Since starting this blog in January of this year, I have had some fantastic opportunities to connect with some great women.  Our conversations revolve around the power women have when we support each other, the importance of motivating others (for them as well as ourselves) and how education broadens the choices we have for ourselves as well as our families.

There are four women I can think of off hand who are facing financials constraints as they contemplate further education.  I am a planner and like to have a budget set up prior to taking a financial leap such as going back to school.  But when I applied to grad school,  my plan wasn’t rock solid.  I had submitted my FAFSA and brainstormed with my family but it wasn’t until I jumped in and started school that all the pieces fell into place.  Maybe I didn’t think I’d get in or some major family issue would keep me from taking that leap.  I think many times women let these financial worries hold them back when deep down it is our fear of the unknown as well as other insecurities that keep us from pursuing a goal.

By checking out scholarships and other assistance programs, we can alleviate some of the anxieties and get the push we need to move forward  towards our goals.  Check out these resources and see if it will give you the incentive you need to reach further towards your goal of further education.

The Talbots Women’s Scholarship Program is specifically for women who choose to return to college later in life.  Thirty scholarships of $5,000 and one of $30,000 are given to women pursuing a bachelors degree.  Scholarships are given in honor of Talbots founder, Nancy Talbot.

The Linda Lael Miller Scholarship was established by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Lindal Lael Miller, to encourage women to improve their lives through education.  Applicants must be over the age of 24.  Maximum grants are $1,000.  $10,000 is awarded each year.

PEO Program for Continuing Education is one that I have mentioned in a previous post. Up to $3,000 can be awarded to women who have a break in schooling of over 24 months and are within 24 months of reaching their educational goal.  An applicant must be sponsored by a chapter in order to apply.

Emerge Scholarships awarded 14 women over the age of 25 with scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 this year.  This organization believes in empowering women through education as well as recognizing the importance of giving back to a community.

The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship is named for the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress.  Women applying must be over 35 as well as low income to meet eligibility requirements.  87 women benefited from this scholarship program in 2013.

Whether you proceed to the next step or hold off for a bit, I hope you check these programs out and keep that information in your back pocket.  Hopefully it will come in handy one day!

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Nevada Women’s Fund: Empowering Women

Nevada Women’s Fund was founded in 1982 by Lynn Atcheson, Maya Miller and Barbara C. Thornton.  These women had a vision to provide the best opportunities for women and their families in Northern Nevada.  Through scholarships and grants, Nevada Women’s Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities by empowering women to improve their lives and those of their families.

Through scholarships alone, Nevada Women’s Fund has awarded over $3.1 million dollars to 1,350 women since 1983.  The majority of these women have faced social or financial challenges that have prevented them from pursuing further education. Many recipients are single mothers and women reentering the workforce.  Applications are accepted in January and February each year, with awards announced in July.

Grants account for over $3.1 million in disbursements to 141 community organizations that focus on helping women and children.  Whether addressing the physical and mental health of our women, preventing violence for women or addressing concerns of the aging women, NWF strives to strengthen the community.  In turn, our community can better support their women in the pursuit of their goals.

Nevada Women’s Fund supports its efforts through the generous donations of individual donors, earned income from its endowments and the hosting of two annual fundraising events.

  • The Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon is held every year in May to celebrate women and their professional and personal commitments.  The keynote speaker this year will be Lucille O’Neal, author and motivational speaker. (For those basketball fans, she is Shaq’s mom!)
  • NWF Power of the Purse is hosted just before the holidays to give women an opportunity to shop some of the fabulous local vendors that Northern Nevada has to offer.  With tasty treats and drinks, I’m in!

Nevada Women’s Fund is another great non profit doing some incredible work to encourage women to reach for more that they imagined they were capable of.  I’d love to hear about any other organizations that are empowering women.  Leave me a comment below.

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