Worthy Women's Scholarship

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At Worthy, we like to think of ourselves as a selling partner for individuals looking to sell their jewelry. But that partnership is something we feel extends beyond the transaction and into the lives of the people we help by providing them with a safe and easy way to make the most of their jewelry as a financial asset. And an extension of that partnership is the Worthy Women’s Scholarship, which we are so proud to once again be able to offer.
The scholarship, now in its seventh 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 fifteen 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 and writing instructions below.
The writers of the top three selected essays will be awarded as follows:

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & TOPICS

For your essay, please choose one of the following quotes and topics to address in 300-500 words. We are looking for answers that are honest, thoughtful, well-written, and focused.

Please note that while relevant background information is always appreciated, we ask that you remain topic-focused in your answer.

DREAM

Describe a dream of yours you hope to one day achieve and tell us how your current educational and career endeavors will help you get there.

GUIDANCE

Imagine you could have dinner with any historical figure (political, entertainment, public figure). In your essay, share who it would be, why you chose them, and what you would hope to gain from your conversation.

CULTURE

Share a practice or belief in your culture that has helped you on the educational and career path you are taking.

2021 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Our panelists selected three outstanding essays among over 1,000 applications by women over the age of 30 from across the country.
Applicants were enrolled in over 500 different colleges and universities, pursuing degrees in fields like education, healthcare, business, and social work.

Laura Turner
1st place:

LAURA
TURNER

32, Social and Human Services
Seattle Central College

“I have worked hard to be where I am today and having people believe in that journey means everything to me.”



READ HER ESSAY
Kelsey Anderson
2nd place:

Kelsey
Anderson

42, J.D., Law & Advocacy,
University of California

“I really commend Worthy's focus on supporting women pursuing their careers -- no matter where they are in their lives."


READ HER ESSAY
Cleopatra Williams
3rd place:

Cleopatra Willaims

39, Nursing,
University of Houston

“Any time I feel defeated or like I'm swimming upstream. I think of all of my supporters, which now includes you. You inspire me to keep going no matter what.”

READ HER ESSAY

OUR SCHOLARSHIP PANELISTS

Judy Herbst

JUDY HERBST

Executive director of Savvy Ladies
Mandy Walker

Mandy Walker

Divorce mediator, CDFA, Parenting Coordinator/Decision Maker, and host of Divorce & Other Things You Can Handle
Carrie Rattle

CARRIE RATTLE

Financial therapist/coach and the CEO & Founder of Behavioral Cents
sharri freedman

SHARRI FREEDMAN

Former family law attorney and now Certified Divorce Coach at Your Divorce Coach
Ivy Menchel

IVY MENCHEL

Business and Family Wealth Advisor
Andrea Vacca

ANDREA VACCA

Mediator and collaborative lawyer, founder of Vacca Family Law Group
kate anthony

KATE ANTHONY

Certified life coach and host of the Divorce Survival Guide podcast.
Elizabeth Degi Dubois

ELIZABETH DEGI DUBOIS

Client Relations Director of Z Family Law and Executive Director of the Eos Initiative.

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 15 recipients of the previous six editions of the scholarship.

hillary
2020 - 1st place:

HILLARY DAHL

37, Psychology & Human Services, Lesley University
READ HER ESSAY
temi
2020 - 2nd place:

TEMITOPE ASEIN

42, MA in Healthcare Management, University of St. Francis
READ HER ESSAY
erin
2020 - 3rd place:

ERIN HEISE

31, Nursing, University of Arizona
READ HER ESSAY
Susan Billotte
2019 - 1st place:

SUSAN BILLOTTE

56, Masters in Human Resources, Saint Francis University
READ HER ESSAY
andrea
2019 - 2nd place:

ADRIANA SNEEZY

33, BA in Criminal Justice, Arizona State University
READ HER ESSAY
elizabeth
2019 - 3rd place:

ELIZABETH WALKER

48, Doctorate in Organizational Change & Leadership, USC
READ HER ESSAY
Melissa Huff
2018 - 1st place:

MELISSA HUFF

32, Early Childhood Education, Barton Community College
READ HER ESSAY
christina cordell
2018 - 2nd place:

CHRISTINA CORDELL

49, Bachelors in Religious Studies, Randolph College
READ HER ESSAY
angela mayfield
2018 - 3rd place:

ANGELA MAYFIELD

32, MBA, NYU Stern School of Business
READ HER ESSAY
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 5th, 2022*
  • - 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 [email protected]