For the first time ever, WWIN invited major donors, past and present Board members, Committee members, Table Captains, committed volunteers, and former Grantees to review Education Grant applicants. Thirty-six volunteers received training and participated in reviewing over 200 applications from women seeking to transform their lives through higher education. The women who were selected to receive Grants are those the reviewers found to be strongly aligned with WWIN’s vision, mission, and values.
Our volunteers reported again and again that the experience was very positive, though many remarked that selecting among so many qualified applicants was difficult to do. One of our volunteers and Programs Committee members recently shared her reflections with us:
“WWIN focuses on helping women to support themselves with a “hand up and not just a hand out”, which really resonates with me. I feel very strongly about self-reliance and know that education is an important factor in being able to get a job or have a career with better earnings potential. I know that this program will help a lot of women and these women can be good role models for their friends and family to try and accomplish the same. Education is so important and of course I wish we could give assistance to all applicants. Who wouldn’t want help someone who wants to help themselves and make a better life for themselves and their families? If I can help, I am going to do what I can. I look forward to meeting the women and making a connection and following their processes to see where they go on the journeys.”
~Lori Woodke Minard, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor