Women’s Fund Scholarship applications Now Available

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 09, 2017 / comments

Since 2009 the Women’s Fund El Dorado Wickline Scholarship has assisted women who have had to postpone their educational goals for a variety of reasons, such as having children, illness or caring for a loved one. To date a total of $17,100 has been awarded to 14 deserving women.

Women age 25 and older who are overcoming personal hardships by pursuing a post-secondary education are encouraged to apply for the scholarship, which totals approximately $2,000 and is distributed among recipients and awarded directly to the school. Applications are available now and must be returned before 5 p.m. on March 10; recipients will be notified by April 7.

The scholarship was established from a legacy gift of the late Marian Wickline, who moved from the Bay Area to Placerville in 1988 and became involved in local affairs, active in numerous organizations and a member of several county commissions.

Wickline, who graduated from Mills College in 1934, was one of very few women at the time to earn a degree in chemistry. Despite obstacles faced by the women of her time she went on to enjoy a successful career supervising the Chemical Information Department at Dow Chemical in Walnut Creek. Upon her death in 2009 a legacy gift to the El Dorado Community Foundation formed the basis for the scholarship in her name. A challenge grant and additional funding from the Foundation resulted in a combined $50,000, enabling WFED to offer the scholarship on an annual basis for generations to come.

To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria: be a female older than 25, reside on the western slope of El Dorado County, be accepted by and plan to attend an accredited educational or vocational institution, demonstrate financial need and be available for a possible interview by the Wickline Scholar committee. Applications are scored on the basis of financial need and personal history. An individual can receive the scholarship twice but must reapply for consideration.

The application can be completed online at womensfundeldorado.org or picked up at the El Dorado Community Foundation, 312 Main St., Suite 202, Placerville. Those needing assistance or technical support with filling out the form may contact Lynnee Boyes at (530) 622-5621 or email her at lynnee@eldoradocf.org.

Funding for each year’s scholarship comes from proceeds earned by the Wickline Scholar Fund Endowment’s Fund the prior year. No WFED membership dues go toward the funding the scholarship.

Women’s Fund El Dorado, a fund of the El Dorado Community Foundation, is a collective giving organization that is open to all for a donation of $200 a year or more. Funds collected are pooled and leveraged in the form of grants, voted on by members, which support community philanthropy to enhance the quality of life on the western slope of El Dorado County. Since its inception a decade ago, membership has grown to more than 400 and the organization has granted nearly $415,000.

For details visit womensfundeldorado.org or call (530) 622-5621.