Statistically Speaking…

The 23 outstanding and high-achieving women who received awards in fall 2016 were selected from 54 applications and …

  • Range in age from 25 to 59 with an average age of 42 years old,
  • Are racially diverse: six of 23 women, or 26%, are racially diverse,
  • May be raising as many as seven dependents: 18 of these women are caring for and/or supporting 42 dependents,
  • Have served in the military, one woman is a veteran,
  • Vary in martial status: eight of them are single, seven are divorced, and eight are married,
  • Have an average GPA of 3.70 and six women are maintaining a 4.00,
  • Are in quite varied fields of study with their programs ranging from two women obtaining a certification, to 13 women working towards associates degrees, five earning bachelor’s degrees, and three women pursuing master’s degrees,
  • Attend Aims Community College, Arapahoe Community College, Colorado Mountain College, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, Community College of Denver, Conflict Management Consultants, Front Range Community College, Pikes Peak Community College, Regis University, University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Colorado – Denver, and Western State Colorado University,
  • Live in the cities of Aspen, Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Elizabeth, Evans, Fort Collins, Greeley, Lafayette, Loveland, Masonville, Nederland, Northglenn, Thornton, and Westminster.

These 2016 scholarships are a 50% increase in the number of scholarships, provide seven more women than last year with the opportunity for economic self-sufficiency, and distribute support for 43% of the applicants. Since its inception in 1976, CWEF has provided well over 500 women with scholarships totaling more than $400,000.

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.