Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

Website: Rankin Foundation

Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, championed suffrage, peace, and democracy. When she died in 1973, she left a bequest that became the seed money for the Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF) which awards grants to mature women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities.

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.
  • Low-income
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • Us Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
Applications are available for download on the Jeannette Rankin Foundation website. The following is required with along with the application:
  • 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 Information

Contact JRF via email, or phone at 706-208-1211. Because we have limited staff, the preferred method of contact is email.