Few gifts make a greater impact than the gift of education. Particularly in today's tough economic climate, many are finding that education, or lack thereof, is what's standing between them and their goals.
In 2007, the EWGA Foundation established the Women On Par® Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to women ages 30 and older interested in beginning or completing their undergraduate college education. The scholarship is designed to help women get 'on par with their peers and better themselves, both personally and professionally, to help them realize their dreams.
“Milton Berle once said: If Opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Education is my door and I thank you for helping me build it!!”
~ Marilyn Bunag
Meet 2010 scholarship award recipient Marilyn Bunag of San Francisco, CA. Marilyn, a single mom of four, has kept in touch with us since winning her scholarship. She wrote in a thank you note to the EWGA Foundation shortly after receiving the award, "My first semester at San Francisco State University was everything I had hoped for and more…My classes were challenging and my professors were amazing! I earned A's in all my classes, making it on the Dean's List. A new semester is now underway - which means I'm another step closer in achieving my goals…to rise above poverty and help others." Just last year, Marilyn completed her bachelor's degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and is now seeking to pursue a graduate degree while working as a program manager for a San Francisco Area nonprofit.
Since the program was launched, the EWGA Foundation has awarded Women On Par® scholarships to these deserving women:
Jacqueline Ruddy, Huntington Beach, CA (2013)
Phuong T Nguyen, West Valley City, UT (2013)
Domestic abuse survivor/name withheld, CA (2012)
Michelle Josey, Philadelphia, PA (2012)
Kristine Deckinga, Chicago, IL (2011)
Angela Traynor, Annapolis, MD (2011)
Carla Beu, Smiths Grove, KY (2010)
Marilyn Bunag, San Francisco, CA (2010)
Angie Hagler, Danville, IN (2009)
Jean Bolger, Lehigh, FL (2008)
The EWGA Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2014 Women On Par® Scholarship. The application period will be open until April 15, 2014 or until 200 applications are received, whichever occurs first. For full eligibility requirements, application forms, FAQs and more, please visit the EWGA Foundation section of ewga.com or click here.