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, proceeds from the sale of its former headquarters five years ago (now Eno next to Cyprus Café), and investments.
- Read about the women who’ve benefited from the Educational Opportunity Program here …
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 Friday of each month.
Applications reviewed monthly. Applications for an Opportunity Education Fund grant are due by the first Friday of each month. Only completed applications will be reviewed, so read the application requirements carefully. You will be notified of an award decision by the last Friday of the month.
Women in La Plata County who need financial assistance to enroll in training programs or education classes now have a funding resource through the Women’s Resource Center’s Educational Opportunities Fund.
The fund may be used for training or other education that will help recipients increase their incomes and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
“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 Mora.
The Educational Opportunity Fund is part of the Center’s initiative to provide more educational assistance to La Plata County women. In Fall 2011, the WRC Board of Directors invested $25,000 with the Fort Lewis College Foundation to offer scholarship assistance to a La Plata County high school graduate who would be the first in her family to graduate from college. The first scholarship was awarded in Fall 2012. The Center also established another Fort Lewis College scholarship for a non-traditional student who wants to pursue a degree.
The Center established the Educational Opportunity Fund to help women who 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.
Deadline to apply for an Educational Opportunity Fund scholarship is the first Friday of every month. Applicants will be notified of the award decision by the fourth Friday of the month. It is advised that anyone who seeks financial support to plan ahead.
To apply, applicants must be a resident of La Plata County for a minimum of one year, must be working or can demonstrate a strong work ethic, and must use the award at an accredited organization or educational institution.
Applications and all award criteria are available at the Center at 679 E. Second Ave., Suite 6, in Durango, or download above. For more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 970-247-1242.