The 21 outstanding and high-achieving women who received scholarship awards in fall 2017 were selected from 53 applications and they …
- Range in age from 25 to 63 with an average age of 41 years old,
- Are racially diverse: eight of 21 women, or 38%, are racially diverse,
- May be raising as many as six dependents: 12 of these women are caring for and/or supporting 28 dependents,
- Have served in the military, one woman is a veteran,
- Vary in martial status: nine of them are single, eight are divorced, three are married, and one is a widow,
- Have an average GPA of 3.75 and eight women are maintaining a 4.00,
- Are in quite varied fields of study with their programs ranging from 10 women obtaining associates degrees, four working towards bachelor’s degrees, five women earning master’s degrees, and two women are pursuing their Ph.D.,
- Attend 12 distinctive accredited educational institutions: Aims Community College, Arapahoe Community College, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Pueblo Community College, Regis University, University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Colorado – Denver, University of Denver, and University of Northern Colorado,
- Live in 16 different cities: Boulder, Brighton, Colorado Springs, Denver, Elizabeth, Erie, Evans, Greeley, Highlands Ranch, Lafayette, Lakewood, Littleton, Loveland, Masonville, Pueblo, and Westminster.
These 2017 scholarships distribute support for 40% of the applicants and provide 21 women with more opportunity to pursue economic equity through education and a career. One recipient shares, “Thanks so very much! I am full of gratitude and it is great honor to accept this award that arrives in a crucial moment in my academic journey.” Since its inception in 1976, CWEF has provided over 550 women with scholarships totaling almost $450,000.
The statistics describing these women only tell part of the story, however. The recipients tell CWEF the scholarships help them transcend serious financial constraints, but the most outstanding gift they receive is a sense of pride and emotional support because CWEF is investing in them and their future. Some recipients share that the communication and encouragement they receive from CWEF is equal to or even more significant in value to them than the funding they receive.