Did you know?
- Scholarship Committee size: Currently 30
- Meeting times: First Monday every month, 9:00 a.m. (Except holidays)
- Most active months: Aug-Dec (Assist TWOQC Fundraising Committee as needed); Jan- Feb (advertising the scholarship program in the wider community); Mar-Apr (screening applications, interviewing applicants, awarding funds).
- Since 2016, over $92,000 has been awarded to 53 women.
- Some committee members serve as mentors to scholarship recipients.
Activities of this Committee: The Scholarship Committee is responsible for awarding the scholarship funds raised by TWOQC each year for that purpose. In addition to graduating high school senior girls who are continuing their education at college or a vocational school, scholarships are also awarded to Women in Transition (WIT) who are returning to college work or seeking additional training. Members of the Scholarship Committee may participate in selection of either or both of these sub-groups of applicants, and become a mentor.
In early winter, members help to promote the scholarship opportunity with schools and organizations in the wider community. After the application deadline in March, sub-groups review and select those who will be interviewed. After interviews take place, the sub-group teams select those who they feel best meet the criteria for the scholarships. The number of awardees depends on funds available each year. Mentors are assigned to provide support to each awardee, and help the Scholarship Team keep in touch with each one.
What is Unique about this Committee: High School seniors have many scholarships to apply for, but there are very few offered to older women returning to school. TWOQC recognized this need in 2017 and developed a special category known as WIT, Women in Transition. It is not uncommon for a woman’s post high school education to be interrupted or for her to find that she must change careers later in life. Very few scholarships are offered to women in that situation. Many of our WIT recipients have expressed how this scholarship has made all the difference in their ability to return to school to finish their degree, get the credits needed for a certification or go on to graduate school.
There is something for everyone and lots of rewarding work to be done.
TWOQC Members: If you have a desire to support women and their educational pursuits, contact email@example.com and be part of their future.
If you don’t have time to serve on the committee, donations to the scholarship fund are very welcome. TWOQC is now a recognized non-profit organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible.