Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Award

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It will be time to apply for this scholarship award again after 1 November 2004. See also The Jeannette Rankin Foundation honors the name and legacy of an American woman of incredible spirit and determination by providing much needed aid to women with the same attributes. Jeannette Rankin was a proponent of women's rights and was the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress in 1917.

Upon her death, Rankin left a portion of her Georgia estate to assist "mature, unemployed women workers." Rankin's personal assistant, Reita Rivers, along with friends Sue Bailey, Gail Dendy, Margaret Holt, and Heather Kleiner, decided to establish a foundation to help adult women who face difficulties when returning to school. The $16,000 from Rankin's estate was the seed money for the Jeannette Rankin Foundation, which has been helping mature, low-income women succeed through education since it was chartered in 1976.

In 1978, The Jeannette Rankin Foundation awarded one grant in the amount of $500. In 2003, the Jeannette Rankin Foundation awarded 45 grants in the amount of $2,000 each. Award recipients are women age 35 and older who are motivated to change their lives through education. Applicants must meet low-income requirements, be U.S. citizens, and be enrolled or accepted in an accredited school. Each award winner has a vision of how education will benefit herself, her family, and her community. The Jeannette Rankin Foundation is one of the very few organizations in the country whose educational awards target this large segment of the population.

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