The Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana (WFSI), a fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, awarded four women with scholarships to local area colleges for the 2014/2015 year.
These non-renewable scholarships were given to women who were 25 years or older and reside in Clark, Floyd, or Harrison county and for first time students or those continuing their education. “[We] offer scholarships for women attending IUS, Ivy Tech Community and Purdue College of Technology,” said WFSI Advisory Board President, Donna Riley. “We will also start to offer a scholarship to a female resident of the New Albany Housing Authority.”
The organization, which started in 2007, has since awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships. “Our scholarship program has expanded as we continue to serve the community through programs directly affecting the lives of women and children. Improving the lives of women through advanced education is just one small way we can make a difference,” said Riley.
This semester, scholarships awarded were: (2) $500 scholarship to Ivy Tech Community College, (1) $1,500 to Indiana University Southeast and (1) $1,500 to Purdue College of Technology. The Women’s Foundation provides financial support to the general scholarship funds of each institution. Recipients are selected by the schools.
Ivy Tech Community College’s recipient, Dana Abell-Huffman, a 42 year old nursing student, was excited to be selected for the scholarship. “Before I started back to school I worked in a printing factory and I was not very happy with what my future looked like as far as reaching my full potential in life. I really felt that I could do more and that maybe I would feel more fulfilled with how I was affecting others and myself. I heard about the scholarship through Ivy Tech’s list of scholarships and decided to take a chance and apply. The money helped me tremendously with all of the supplies and books that are so expensive but I was also so encouraged by the fact that these complete strangers wanted to help me succeed in accomplishing my goals and dreams.”
For more information about WFSI, visit www.womensfoundationsi.org.
The Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Southern Indiana. The Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana is a fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana and works to increase the financial resources available to programs and organizations by and for women and girls in Floyd, Clark and Harrison County. The Foundation shall achieve its purpose through its philanthropic and educational efforts, promoting fund raising, implementing community awareness and encouraging volunteerism to strengthen the Community. For more information about the Women’s Foundation, contact 812-944-4662, email
or visit www.womensfoundationsi.org.