KALAMAZOO – Applications for grants from the Women’s Education Coalition (WEC) Fund at Kalamazoo Community Foundation are due May 15.

WEC supports underemployed or unemployed women in need of education to become financially self-sufficient. Grants, typically ranging from $500 to $2,000, are based on need and are renewable.

Grants can be used for certificate and professional development programs as well as for undergraduate or graduate degrees. Eligible women include those with significant breaks in a part or full-time certificate or degree program who live in Kalamazoo, Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. Priority is given to underemployed working mothers and those enrolling or enrolled in not-for-profit educational institutions.

WEC was established as a cooperative venture by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, YWCA of Kalamazoo and the former Kalamazoo Network.

"Breaks in education or financial obstacles should not become barriers to success," says Laura Galaviz, scholarship manager at the Community Foundation. "Since its conception 25 years ago, the WEC scholarship has remained true to its purpose: supporting women so they can reach their full potential.

Information in English and Spanish is available online at kalfound.org/WEC; however, those without computer access may call the Community Foundation at 269-381-4416 to request an application in the mail or to arrange a visit to the Community Foundation to fill out the application.

Since 1995, WEC has granted over $1 million to more than 250 non-traditional students.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation, established in 1925, has the mission to make life better for all through leadership and stewardship of resources that last forever, with the vision of a community where every person can reach full potential.