The Women's Education Coalition
How to Apply
Applications are available online, at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, or at local college/university financial aid offices.
The Women's Education Coalition grant program was established by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Kalamazoo Network; and the YWCA of Kalamazoo. Its purpose is to provide renewable grant assistance to women who are currently underemployed and are in need of education to become financially self-sufficient.
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Women residing in Kalamazoo, Barry, Calhoun, Allegan, St. Joseph or Van Buren Counties are eligible for WEC grants. Priority will be given to underemployed, working mothers and those enrolling or enrolled in not-for-profit educational institutions. Applicants must be adult women who have had a significant break in their formal education and can demonstrate how post-high school education will help them reach their goals of increased financial independence. They may enroll in any educational curriculum or program or professional development opportunity that will lead to employment or improved employment. They must have been admitted to the institution of their choice. Both part-time and full-time students may apply for assistance.
The following must be submitted to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation:
One copy of completed Women's Education Coalition grant application.
Statement of goals and ambitions (not to exceed three pages) that answers the following three questions:
- What are your educational and personal goals for the future and how will a degree, certificate or seminar/workshop assist you in meeting these goals?
- What have been the circumstances or stumbling blocks that have prevented you from achieving your educational and personal goals?
- What steps have you already taken toward achieving your goals?
Two letters of recommendation from adults other than family members.
An official copy of college transcript(s) if courses have been completed within the past five years.
The following must be sent to the college(s) of your choice by May 1:
The Financial Information Summary Form (included in application).
$500 to $2,000