Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund
Website: Rankin Foundation
An applicant for a JRF scholarship must be:
- A woman, age 35 or older.
- A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
- Enrolled in, or accepted to, a regionally or ACICS accredited school.
- Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree.
- Us Citizen
- Permanent Resident
- Personal Statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Proof of school enrollment or acceptance
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund 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 1916.
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, established a foundation to help adult women who face difficulties returning to school. The $16,000 from Rankin's estate was the seed money for 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 scholarship in the amount of $500. Since that time, JRF has awarded more than $1.8 million in scholarships to more than 700 women.
In 2008, Jeannette Rankin Foundation registered the name Jeanette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund to better reflect the organization's mission.
Contact JRF via email, email@example.com or phone at 706-208-1211. Because we have limited staff, the preferred method of contact is email.