Network for Professional & Executive Women has a Scholarship Fund for women who are in their junior or senior year of baccalaureate or post baccalaureate programs. The purpose of the Fund is to promote the professional development of women of our area. Both members and non-members of Network are eligible to compete.
The cash scholarship of $1,000 will be sent directly to the accredited College or University of the recipient’s choice. Funds will be distributed as billed by the College or University each quarter or semester for tuition, books, laboratory fees, and similar charges. The funds will be set aside for the recipient’s benefits for 24 months following the date of written notice of the award. If the recipient does not exercise her right to use the funds within 24-month period, the scholarship shall be forfeited.
- The recipient must indicate a need to continue her education in order to advance professionally.
- The recipient’s expressed need for continuing education must be in line with clear, sincere, and attainable career goals.
- The recipient shall be required to enroll for a minimum of 10 hours per quarter in three of four consecutive quarters or six hours per semester in two of three semesters.
- The recipient must have achieved a minimum 2.75 grade – point average, or equivalent B average, for prior academic work. This minimum average must be maintained for the duration of scholarship payments. To assure compliance, the recipient must furnish the Network Treasurer with documentation of her average promptly after the end of each quarter or semester for which the average is not maintained.
- The recipient must be, and intend to remain, a permanent resident of Columbus or of the Chattahoochee Valley area, but may attend any College or University.
- The recipient must demonstrate leadership in civic, social and professional service to the community.
- Applicants eligible for Final Application Review (defined below) may be asked to participate in a personal interview by the selection panel.
- Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, one of which may be from a Network member.
Preliminary Application Review – If four or fewer applications are received, all applicants will compete without elimination. If more than four applications are received, the Network Scholarship Committee will review the applications and select no more than six finalists to compete.
Final Application Review – A panel consisting of Network board members will review the qualified applications. This panel will select the recipient based on these factors: education and career goals; academic records; leadership abilities in civic, social, and professional service. A personal interview may be requested. These areas have been assigned a relative value to guide the panel in its selection. Financial need will be considered, but is not a major factor of the scoring system. A member of the Scholarship Committee will be present at the interviews and during the selection of the recipient. The committee member will observe and answer technical questions about the scholarship, but will only vote if required to break a tie.
Network for Professional Women – Scholarship Application