Jeanette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund For Low Income Women, 35+ Years Old

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship recipient

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) provides scholarships and support for low-income women ages thirty-five and older across the US to build better lives through post-secondary education. 87% of JRF Scholars either graduate or continue on towards completing their degrees. 75% of JRF Scholars are single mothers, setting an example to their children to earn a college degree. 55% of JRF Scholars report that without the JRF Scholarship, they would not be able to continue their education.
For more than 40 years, the Fund has been empowering women through education by honoring the legacy of an American woman of incredible spirit and determination Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress in 1916. Jeannette was a proponent of women's rights and devoted her life to help women and children and stand up for social justice. When Jeannette died in 1973 at the age of 92, she bequeathed part of her Georgia estate to help mature, unemployed women workers, providing the seed money to create the Jeannette Rankin Foundation, a nonprofit scholarship fund.

Jeannette’s personal assistant, Reita Rivers, and dear friends Sue Bailey, Gail Dendy, Margaret Holt, and Heather Kleiner, established the foundation in 1976 with the $16,000 from her Watkinsville, Georgia estate. To honor Jeannette’s request to help mature, low-income women, the foundation was created to award scholarships to women 35 or older go back to school to earn a bachelors or technical degree. Scholarships help pay for college tuition but can also be used for other living expenses such as childcare, rent, transportation etc. In 2008, the foundation decided to change its name to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund to better reflect the organization's mission.

The first scholarship was awarded in 1978 in the amount of $500. Since then, they have awarded $2.75 million in scholarships, providing financial aid to more than 1,000 low-income women from all cultures and backgrounds across the U.S. to help them conquer poverty and achieve their dreams of a better life.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is usually in FEBRUARY, and the award amount is usually up to $2,000.

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