The Unity Women’s Desk has been awarding scholarships to women and girls since 2012. These scholarships have gone primarily to girls in Africa, although some have been awarded in the Caribbean, as well as in Star Mountain, India and Nepal.
In fairness to our American girls and women, we will award our first American UWD Scholarships at the 12th American Women’s Conference in June 2015. One scholarship will be awarded in the Northern Province and one in the Southern Province every four years, coinciding with future Women’s Conferences.
The scholarships will be awarded to women who are at least rising juniors in college or in graduate school and who are pursuing careers that will benefit women. Such applicants might be women who are majoring in women’s studies or who are pursuing degrees in social work with the intent to work with victims of domestic violence. They might be planning to become teachers or work in medical fields with emphasis on treating diseases primarily affecting women, i.e., gynecology, obstetrics, oncology (breast, cervical cancer, etc.). The scholarships will be in the amount of $2,000.00 per year for two years for each woman. As our funding increases, we hope to raise the amount of the scholarships.
We will be looking for girls or women who have shown leadership, especially in areas that affect women. They should be girls or women who exhibit high academic standards and who have shown a particular interest in bringing up the standard of living and learning for women both at home and abroad.
The Advisory Board of the UWD in collaboration with the Inter-Provincial Women’s Board will make the final decision on the recipients of the scholarships.
We hope many of our women of all ages will apply.