Jillynne, a 45-year-old divorced mother of one son living in Longmont, Colorado, is especially pleased to be the second and 2014 recipient of the Named Scholarship. Jillynne shares, “With this liberal contribution, I will be better equipped to transcend the serious financial constraints hindering my educational goals—ultimately improving my chances of success in ensuring a future contribution to my life, to my community, and to society as a whole. This scholarship will also aid in augmenting its very purpose by ensuring that I can also work toward helping women and girls to reach their potential and to fulfill their goals.” Jillynne is a senior at the University of Colorado in Boulder (UCB) focusing on a double major in English/Creative Writing and Sociology. She has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.93 and has held a position on the Dean’s List for each semester, garnering her an invitation, and subsequent induction, into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society in December 2013. Jillynne plans to graduate with honors in the spring semester of 2014.
Jillynne’s professional goals are to enhance her skills in writing, as well as to better understand the complexities of society and social issues. She anticipates using her skills to educate, inform, and inspire others to actively engage in their society and effect social change. Jillynne looks forward to earning a living helping others who are struggling with obstacles similar to those she has experienced, such as gender, race, and/or economic constraints—“ultimately contributing to, and enriching, my community and making positive changes toward social equality and opportunity.” In a letter of recommendation, Colleen Hacket, UCB Instructor, wrote, “Jillynne is amazingly suited for social justice-oriented positions and displays a profound passion for underprivileged populations.”
As a non-traditional student battling economic and social obstacles, being chosen for the Named Scholarship holds special meaning for Jillynne. She explains, “Mrs. DeBoer’s lifelong contribution toward the advancement of women’s education, health, and well-being demonstrates an astounding perseverance in a particularly difficult era for women in this country. Her pioneering spirit inspires and validates, in me, a heightened motivation not only to uphold the high personal standards Mrs. DeBoer set for herself, but also to continue the work she so boldly instituted and maintained throughout her life. As stated in her biography, Mrs. DeBoer’s motto was: ‘Think big and go for it,’ and I intend to do just that.”
Jillynne continues, “Mrs. DeBoer’s advocacy—graciously continued through her daughter, Marion McDonald—exemplifies the necessity and power of opportunity and education for women, and I hope to sustain and advance this legacy by ‘paying forward’ their genuine dedication to women like myself. I am humbly indebted to the overwhelming generosity and support of both of these women. Please accept my most profound and humble gratitude for this stunning honor.”