RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Nevada Women’s Fund is has announced $283,650 in individual scholarships and community grants has been awarded to 64 Northern Nevada women and 13 area non-profit organizations for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Since its inception in 1982, the Nevada Women’s Fund has distributed more than $6 million in scholarships and grants to improve the lives of women and families in Nevada.
For the 2013-2014 school year, 64 Nevada women have been awarded scholarships totaling $141,000. Individual awards range from $750 to $5,000 and will assist women pursuing degrees in a variety of fields including nursing, medicine, criminal justice, business, environmental science and education. Sixty-nine percent of awardees are pursuing undergraduate degrees, 31 percent are pursuing graduate education and 98 percent are using the funds to attend a Nevada school. Scholarship recipients range in age from 17 to 57, 19 percent are single mothers, and one-third are ethnic minorities.
Grants to community organizations are awarded in three categories – The Giving Circle, NWF Endowment and Donor Directed Grants.
The Giving Circle, a group of philanthropic women who pledge substantial annual gifts, made the largest grant awards totaling $92,150 to three organizations. Volunteers of America/Family Shelter received $35,000 to support its efforts at the shelter for families in downtown Reno; Committee to Aid Abused Women received $30,000 for counseling, child care and job readiness, and training for victims of abuse; and Child Assault Prevention received $27,150 to support the expansion of elementary abuse prevention workshops into Lyon County and Carson City.
The NWF Endowment awarded grants totaling $38,500 to Assistance League of Reno Sparks for the food pantry for seniors, Committee to Aid Abused Women for a bilingual court advocate, CARE Chest for medications, Step2 Inc. for parenting education, The Solace Tree to maintain a peer support group for children and teens who have experienced the death or a parent or primary caregiver, and Trauma Intervention Program to expand volunteer training for crisis intervention and survivor services.
The NWF awarded $12,000 in Donor Directed Grants to three organizations. The Assistance League Operation School Project received $10,000 from the Lemelson Education Assistance Program to provide clothing for needy children at the beginning of the school year; Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum received $1,000 from the Ericson Family Fund; and Nevada Women’s History Project received $1,000 from the Jean Ford Grant to support web feature stories of important women in Nevada history.