Scholarship Updates

What is the JLC Scholarship Program?

The JLC provides scholarship support for non-traditional women students ages 17 and older, seeking the opportunity to gain further education and/or career training.  The scholarship is open to women in the greater Cleveland area.  Grants up to $5000 may be requested and are awarded annually in May.  Awards can be used for tuition, transportation costs, supplies, childcare, etc.  A committee oversees the program and selects scholarship recipient(s) assisted by an advisory group of the JLC and community members.

The JLC Scholarship Fund was initiated in 2003/2004 with a fundraising campaign.  The JLC Scholarships totaling $53,000 have been awarded:  7 scholarships in 2005, 8 scholarships in 2006, 4 scholarships in 2007, 4 scholarships in 2008, 4 scholarships 2009, 3 scholarships 2010 and 2 in 2010-2011.

The Scholarship committee is comprised of Actives and Sustaining members and review anywhere from 40 to 75 applications each year.  An advisory group consisting of additional JLC members as well as representatives from the community also assist in making the final selections.

What are the real stories of scholarship recipients? 

The Scholarship Fund Committee has contacted our past recipients to see where they are now.  Here are their stories.  We are extremely gratified to know that our scholarship awards have had such a significant impact on the lives of such deserving women.  Please read on…

Dorene  was our first scholarship winner and has a 4.0 average in the Master’s Program in adult education at Cleveland State University.  Our scholarship helped Dorene complete her Bachelor’s Degree at Ursuline College, where she held top honors and was one of the first class of outstanding students on the Wall of Fame.  Despite receiving a kidney and a heart transplant, Dorene is active in Newberg Heights city politics along with her work on her Master’s degree.  I know we can all be proud of her!


Monique  graduated from Central School of Nursing in September 2005 and began working as a nurse right away.  She is currently employed by the State of Ohio in the Medicaid department.  She has also provided home nursing care for nearly five years.  She notes that although the year she received our scholarship money was difficult because several bad things occurred, and she was going to school as well as raising her four children by herself, the Junior League scholarship money enabled her to complete the program that year.  As she noted on the phone, “That money saved my life!”  She also noted that she knew that if she had not continued with her education, her children and others would think it was ok to give up their dreams.  She hopes to someday become a donor to the scholarship fund, so she can give back to the program that “saved her life!”


Wendy  wrote us the following letter in May 2011.

Friends at Junior League of Cleveland,

With a most regretful heart and fervent hopes of your forgiveness, I write this letter to extend my thankfulness at your gracious gift to me in 2009.  First I must address the evening of which I speak and which vividly lives in my memories.  The reception, the dinner and the pampering I was subjected to can only be second to the scholarship that was granted to me.

I would like your members to know I put to good use the scholarship you bestowed upon me.  I graduated in June 2010 with National Technical School Honor Society, second in my class and a GPA of 3.75.  

Since graduation, I took 14 credit hours in fall 2010, 18 in Spring 2011 and had a GPA of 3.61 making the Dean’s List at Lorain Community College.  I have been accepted into Ashland University and CSU’s Bachelor of Nursing programs and will be attending CSU in Fall 2011.  I intend to pursue a Masters in Nurse Practioner post graduation from CSU.

Again, I would like to thank you for your graciousness and let you know I was most blessed by your kindness and gift.