Did You Know?
- Team size: Currently 23 (as of June 2021)
- Meeting times: First Monday every month, 9:00 a.m.
- 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)
- In 2021, a total of $20,000 was awarded to 9 applicants.
- Some committee members serve as mentors to scholarship recipients.
Activities of this Team: The Scholarship Team 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 Team may participate in selection of either or both of these sub-groups of applicants, and/or become a mentor.
In late fall, members help to promote the scholarship opportunity with schools and organizations in the wider community. After the application deadline in March, members 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, and the number of awardees depending on funds available that year. Mentors are assigned to provide support to each awardee, and help the Scholarship Team keep in touch with each one. Beginning in 2020, a video featuring each of the awardees was produced to introduce the winners to the Quail Creek community and beyond.
What is Unique about this Team: 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 2016 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 over 21 years of age. 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.
Members: If you have a desire to support women and their educational pursuits, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and be part of their future.