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Supporting Student Success

How we make a difference!

"The Women & Philanthropy scholarship was valuable to me as it allowed me to continue my research endeavors. This award granted me the privilege to fully concentrate on my research without the worry of financial burdens, hence I have learned a great deal about scientific laboratory techniques and have made great progress on my own research. I am truly grateful for the wonderful opportunity this award gave me.”

Connie Cajavilca, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics,
B.S. Biochemistry

"The scholarship money was a huge help, but even more important to me was the acknowledgement of my ability to succeed. I didn’t graduate from high school, so many people cast doubt on my commitment to earn a college education. This award was like an invigorating breath of fresh air—it helped confirm that my decision to go back into the classroom was definitely the right decision.”

Russell Hanson, College of Engineering,
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

“Receiving this scholarship was reaffirming because Women & Philanthropy recognized and honored my accomplishments as a reentry student.  Also it provided me the opportunity to complete my unpaid internship free of financial worries.”

Victoria A. Storberg, College of Health and Human Services,
B.A. Recreation & Leisure Studies, Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation

“My support from Women & Philanthropy in 2006 allowed me to make leaps and bounds with my research project involving anti-cancer drugs.  This work has now been accepted for publication in Radiation Research and also I have presented it at the American Chemical Society conference in Chicago (March 2007) as well as an international conference in Cairo, Egypt (May 2007).  This success has also helped me obtain further research awards including one from the Beckman Scholars Program.”

Katy Swancutt, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics,
B.S. Biochemistry






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