The 16 outstanding and high-achieving women who received awards in fall 2015 were selected from 57 applications and …
- Range in age from 26 to 50 with an average age of 38 years old,
- Are racially diverse with six of the women, or 38%, being Hispanic,
- May be raising as many as three dependents: 11 of these women are caring for and supporting 22 dependents,
- Vary in martial status: six of them are single, nine are divorced, and one is married,
- Have an average GPA of 3.71 and four women are maintaining a 4.0,
- Are in quite varied fields of study with their programs ranging from one woman obtaining a certification, to five women working towards associate’s degrees, eight earning bachelor degrees, and two women pursuing graduate degrees,
- Attend Aims Community College, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, Naropa University, Pikes Peak Community College, Regis University, University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Colorado – Denver, University of Denver – Colorado Women’s College, and University of Northern Colorado,
- Live in the cities of Aurora, Arvada, Brighton, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Lafayette, Longmont, Loveland, and Parker.
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.
These 2015 scholarships provide a 45% increase in the number of awards and distribute support for 28% of the applicants. Since its inception in 1976, CWEF has provided over 500 women with scholarships totaling almost $400,000.