The Clayton State University’s Women’s Forum has reached a milestone of establishing an Endowed Women’s Forum Scholarship which requires a minimum $25,000. The primary goal for the Women’s Forum organization is to build and sustain a Scholarship Fund in support of assisting students with general and emergency resources to continue and complete their academic studies.
“I am so proud of our group for raising the money to endow the scholarship,” Lou Brackett, Women’s Forum president, says of the organization’s accomplishment. “Over the years, Women’s Forum has been known for advocacy, mentoring, and inspirational speakers who provided leadership role models.”
"The Women's Forum scholarship provided me with an opportunity to better myself,” student Jennifer Simba (Hampton) says. “The scholarship money got me one step closer to achieving my goals. Thank you Women's Forum!"
Reda Rowell, Clayton State University’s director of development, is responsible for fundraising and endowment building.
“It has been a wonderful experience seeing how dedicated the Women’s Forum leadership and membership have been to achieving the $25,000 necessary to establish a permanent endowment,” she says. “After their initial shock at the minimum endowment amount, they never wavered in their belief that it was possible and tackled the goal in smaller, achievable amounts. Understanding the value of and need for scholarships, while they were building their endowment, they continued to provide annual awards to students with a portion of the proceeds from their fundraising efforts, and to date have awarded in excess of $36,000 directly to students in scholarships and awards.”
The organization has raised approximately $75,000 since its inception in 2002. Through the Women’s Forum Scholarship and Women’s Forum Emergency Scholarship, these funds make a difference in the lives of many students as they strive to fulfill their quest for higher education. Almost 90 percent of Women’s Forum 47 scholarship recipients have graduated or are still enrolled.
“Despite having a 4.0 GPA I have never received a scholarship from Clayton State University until The Women's Forum scholarship,” student Christina Gardner (Peachtree City) says. “The money I received from them paid for the majority of my summer classes which were essential for me to stay on track for graduation. I will always be grateful to them for their support and will readily support them.”
Until the endowment begins generating modest annual returns, the organization must renew efforts to provide funds so that scholarship awards can be provided during the 2011-2012 academic year. A long-standing event associated with Women’s Forum is the Annual Auction -- now in its 10th
year. Bidding for treasures and discovering that perfect item has become an annual tradition. Women’s Forum will also host the eighth annual Chili Cook-Off and sixth annual Quilt Raffle on Nov. 17, 2011.
There are several ways Clayton State faculty, staff and students get involved with continuing the Endowed Women’s Forum Scholarship legacy:
- Contribute to the Women’s Forum Scholarship Fund through the Faculty/Staff Fund Drive
- Donate items for the Auction
- Shop the auction
- Prepare a pot of chili for the Chili Cook-Off
- Join the Women’s Forum for the Chili Cook-Off
- Purchase Quilt Raffle tickets
- Become a member of Women’s Forum – basic membership fee is only $5
Any additional amount above the five dollar basic membership fee will be applied to scholarships. For more information about Women’s Forum, please visit the website: www.clayton.edu/womensforum