Women’s Resource Center now accepting individual applications for education and training grants.
The more education a woman attains, the greater her chances will be that she earns a sustainable income. In turn, a sustainable income will allow her to purchase a home, accumulate assets to pass on to her children, and ensure that they stay “out of the cycle of poverty” and remain in “the cycle of opportunity” for future generations. In Fall 2011, the Women’s Resource Center established the Educational Opportunities Program. The first step was to endow a scholarship fund at Fort Lewis College with $25,000 in cash assets developed during the past 10 years from private donations, investments, and proceeds from the sale of its former headquarters five years ago (now Eno next to Cyprus Café).
We have established three funds:
- One for a La Plata County high school graduate who plans to attend Fort Lewis College;
- Another for a non-traditional (older) La Plata County student who will attend Fort Lewis,
- And a third Educational Opportunity Fund for women who could benefit from training or classes they otherwise couldn’t afford.
The Fort Lewis College Scholarship Applications are taken once per year, while the Educational Opportunity Fund Scholarship Applications are due the first Thursday of each month.
Non-Trads & La Plata County Students
For these two scholarship opportunities, contact Fort Lewis College.
Educational Opportunity Fund Scholarship
The Center established the Educational Opportunity Fund to help women who may or may not be ready for college, but who would benefit from any kind of training that would give them the skills they need to find a better-paying job. Funds will be available throughout the year and will be dispersed monthly.
Important Scholarship Info:
- Applications are accepted and reviewed monthly.
- Applications are due the first Thursday of each month.
- Read the application requirements carefully.
- Incomplete applications will be denied.
- You will be notified of an award decision by the last day of the month.
- Applicants must be a client of the Women’s Resource Center (simply come to our office and fill out an intake form).
- Applicants must be a resident of La Plata County for a minimum of one year.
- Applicants must be working or can demonstrate a strong work ethic.
- Funds awarded must be used at an accredited organization or educational institution.
Applications should be submitted in person to:
Women’s Resource Center
679 East 2nd Ave, Suite 6
Women in La Plata County who need financial assistance to enroll in training programs or education classes now have a funding resource through the this program. The fund may be used for training or other education that will help recipients increase their incomes and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
For more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 970-247-1242.
“Time and again we see women in difficult financial situations whose opportunities are limited by their lack of education or training. We established the Educational Opportunity Fund as a flexible funding resource that will allow women to take advantage the many educational programs in the area. Whether they need funding to complete their GEDs, take a basic computer class, or a series of workshops to update a certification, women can now find help through the Women’s Resource Center,” said Liz Mora, past Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center.
- Read about the women who’ve benefited from the Educational Opportunity Program here …