HER Scholarship Fund and ProgramHER Scholarships began in 1996; since then more than 100 women have gained the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. They and we are forever grateful!
Economic empowerment for women through education.
For more than 20 years, we have been supporting women on their educational journey.
The HER Scholarship Program helps women gain access to economic self-sufficiency and long-lasting financial security through higher education. Scholarship Recipients are women who are non-traditional students, age 35 or older, who are sophomores and face financial barriers to obtaining their degrees.
These women have the passion to achieve, they have set a goal, and are determined to cross the stage.
The HER Scholarship program was founded by Annette Stoddard-Freeman and Sally Grootemaat in 1996. The inspiration came from Annette’s own experience as a widow facing difficult financial circumstances after the death of her first husband.
We know by obtaining a college degree, women earn more. This program provides women the opportunity to permanently increase their economic well-being and their capacity to provide for their families. Children of college-educated mothers also fare much better in terms of educational attainment, health outcomes, and economic potential. Helping a woman supports generations, lifting entire family systems into a higher economic and social status.
Since its inception, over 100 HER Scholarships have been awarded to students at Alverno College, Mt. Mary University, and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with almost all of our Recipients obtaining their Bachelor’s Degree.
Each year, many donors make generous gifts to the HER Scholarship Program. In addition, the HER Scholarship Endowment Fund helps support these ambitious women students.
Sandy Cunningham, Chair
Deborah Evans Washington
HER Scholars: Academic Year 2019/20
The named HER Scholarship recipients for this academic year are all dynamic and ambitious women. While each has her own story, together they demonstrate determination, passion and commitment. It’s your gift that acts as inspiration. There are daily challenges and life barriers that test these students, yet they persevere in your honor. Please celebrate their achievements!
Lynette Alise J., Nursing , May 2020
Catherine V., Business Administration, December 2021
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Patricia C., Early Childhood Education, May 2022
Jessica D., Biological Science, May 2022, Funded by College Endowment Association
Latisha G., Community Engagement and Education, December 2020
Lisa H., Social Work, May 2020
Nicole L., Social Work, December 2019
Noa L., Art Education, May 2020
Kathy M., Early Childhood Education, May 2021
Raquel, S., Special Education, December 2019
“I can’t tell you how big an impact Women’s Fund had on me. I’m always grateful for cool women who are willing to help other women realize their own potential.”Barbara, HER Scholar
“Knowing that there are complete strangers, willing to support my success, inspires me every day. My studies have awakened my mind and ability, and I’m grateful to the community that helped make this possible for me.”HER Scholar Recipient