It has been very rewarding for our club to provide financial assistance to individuals who are attending school later in life.
Coldwater, MI (PRWEB) March 29, 2012
Altrusa International of Branch County has applications available for its annual scholarship award. Open to non-traditional, community-minded women the award is intended to help recipients get a fresh start, make a career change, or advance in their field.
The scholarship program began as a way to recognize high school students for their community service achievements but evolved as the club recognized a need for the adult women returning to school. Past recipients have included women who delayed college while raising their families or women returning to the work force after a layoff, divorce or family hardship. While need and career/educational goals play a part in the selection, community service remains an important criteria for the scholarship.
“It has been very rewarding for our club to provide financial assistance to individuals who are attending school later in life,” stated Rebecca Duke, Chair of the Altrusa Vocational Service Committee. “There are so many challenges out there and this group of individuals doesn’t always have the funding opportunities available to traditional students.”
Applications are available at the Branch District libraries, the local college admissions offices and on line at http://www.AltrusaBranchCounty.com/Scholarships. Up to $2000 in scholarships will be awarded for 2012. Applicants must live in Branch County and currently be accepted to or enrolled a college, university or trade school. Scholarship deadline is March 30, 2012.
Altrusa International of Branch County is an international network of executives and professionals in diversified careers who are dedicated to promoting community service in South Central Michigan. Altrusa was founded in 1917 in Nashville, Tennessee and became an international organization in 1935. The Branch County Chapter was organized in 1982. In addition to the scholarship program Altrusa was instrumental in founding the Shelterhouse and Teen S.H.A.R.E., and supports Happy Feet, Girls on the Run, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Tibbits Opera House, the CHC Breast Screening Clinic, Women’s Health Fest, Girls’ State and the Literacy Council and other local projects.
This press release is courtesy of Century Bank and Trust.