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Worthy Women's Scholarship

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Helping women reinvent themselves at any stage in life is one of the things we take the most pride in. The ability for women to sell the jewelry they've outgrown in a safe, transparent, value-adding way allows for more possibilities and greater control in the process.
We want to take this idea further with our Worthy Women's Scholarship. In our recent divorce financial study, we learned that 44% of women see divorce as a chance to reinvent themselves. Our goal with this project is to take women even further on their path to reinvention by offering three scholarships.

The scholarship, now in its fourth year, is intended for women who have decided to enroll in school to pursue their passions and open up more doors for themselves and others. Over the years, we have helped nine worthy women make their dreams of returning to school a reality and continue to support women as they pursue their academic careers and onward. To apply, please review the requirements below and select of the accompanying writing assignments.
The writers of the top three selected essays will be awarded as follows:

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & TOPICS

Select one of the three major topics and be sure to address the related issues, and/or questions posed below the chosen topic. We are looking for essays that are honest, thoughtful, and well-written.

Please keep the word count between 300 - 500 words.

IMPACT

“I am a strong woman because a strong woman
raised me.”
-Anonymous

What achievements of strong women in your life have had the biggest impact on you today and how?

ACHIEVE

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

What is a dream you’ve accomplished and what obstacles have you overcome to achieve it?

LEAD

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
-Sheryl Sandberg

What challenges have you overcome and how have these experiences shaped you as a leader?

2018 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Our panelists selected three outstanding essays among over 400 applications by women over the age of 30 from across the country. Applicants were enrolled in 300 different colleges and universities, pursuing degrees in fields like education, healthcare, business and social work.

Melissa Huff
1st place:

MELISSA HUFF

32, Early Childhood Education, Barton Community College

“It was one of the only scholarships that I qualified for and there's really nothing else like it!”

READ HER ESSAY
Christina Cordell
2nd place:

CHRISTINA CORDELL

49, Bachelors in Religious Studies, Randolph College

“I think it's beautiful when women encourage,
support and help build each other up.”

READ HER ESSAY
Angela Mayfield
3rd place:

ANGELA MAYFIELD

32, MBA, NYU Stern School of Business

“I found the essay something I felt truly passionate about, making it a great opportunity to express my shared values”

READ HER ESSAY

OUR SCHOLARSHIP PANELISTS

Karen Sparks

KAREN SPARKS

CDFA and owner of Divorce Financial Strategists

SAMANTHA GREGORY

Founder and editor at RichSingleMomma.com
Jackie Pilossoph

JACKIE PILOSSOPH

Creator and editor-in-chief of DivorcedGirlSmiling.com
Kelly Collis

KELLY COLLIS

Radio host, writer, and TV contributor.

LAURIE ITKIN

Financial advisor and certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA)

ERIN LEVINE

Divorce lawyer, founder and CEO of Hello Divorce

CHERIE MORRIS

CDC Certified Divorce Coach

EMMA JOHNSON

Writer, journalist, and founder of WealthySingleMommy

Stacey Freeman

Writer, lifestyle editor at Worthy.com, and founder of Write on Track, LLC

Mandy Walker

Divorce coach, mediator, and founder of Since My Divorce

Karen Bigman

Life coach and divorce coach, founder of The Divorcierge

PAST RECIPIENTS

Since 2016, the Worthy Women's Scholarship has been supporting women who have decided to go back to school and pursue their dreams. Meet the six recipients of the previous two editions of the scholarship.

2017 - 1st place:

RACHEL CARTER

31, Masters in Divinity, Iliff School of Theology
READ HER ESSAY
2017 - 2nd place:

KIMBERLY EDWARDS

34, Nutrition and Dietetics Program, CSU Chico
READ HER ESSAY
2017 - 3rd place:

DAWN McCALL

45, Master of Education, Grand Canyon University
READ HER ESSAY
2016 - 1st place:

RAYCEANA ROCHA

32, BS in Sociology, California State University
READ HER ESSAY
2016 - 2nd place:

EMILY GAGNON

32, Masters in Public Administration, Marist College
READ HER ESSAY
2016 - 3rd place:

MINERVA TOVAR

54, BS in Psychology, Colorado Christian University
READ HER ESSAY
Terms and Conditions:
  • - To qualify for this semester's scholarship, all papers must be submitted by December 2nd, 2019*
  • - Must be enrolled in a continuing education professional studies program
  • - Submissions must be sent in from the valid email address of the author
  • - Applicant must be a permanent resident of the United States
  • - Applicant must identify as a female and be age 30 or older
  • - The paper must fit the criteria of the topics outlined above
  • - Worthy, Inc. has the rights to the submitted content
  • - All personal information is protected by our Privacy Policy

*Deadline subject to extension.

If you have any questions or issues submitting your application, please don't hesitate to contact us at scholarships@worthy.com