The Reentry Woman of the Year Award was initiated in 1987 under the leadership of Marjorie Rees (AAUW-KC president, 1985-87) and the Kansas City InterBranch Council (IBC) who wanted to support the many women who return to college after an absence of five or more years. Many of these women have children and family obligations and are in need of financial assistance. Kansas City area branches including Independence, Kansas City, Kansas City Northland, Northern Clay, and Raytown provide area colleges with information and applications and work together to select potential recipients. The winners selected are those that best exemplify the effort, perseverance and courage of the mature woman who wants to return to the classroom in pursuit of personal and vocational goals.
The 2016 Reentry Woman of the Year event will be held on April 23.
A brunch and program, Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Unity Village.
For more information, please call Judy Austin at 816-836-2014 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Reentry Woman of the Year Awards Recap
On April 11, 2015 the Kansas City InterBranch Council (IBC) awarded Reentry scholarships to six outstanding women who returned to the college classroom after an absence of five or more years. While all applicants were worthy candidates, these six women best exemplified the courage and personal resolve to overcome significant barriers to pursue their academic, career and life goals.
2015 Reentry Award recipients: Cyrillian Ayoola, Nursing, Penn Valley; Natalia Zanders, Sociology-Family Studies, UMKC; Jennifer Christine Clark, Social Work, Park University; and Susanne Johnson, Social Psychology, Park University; Toni Thornton Award Recipients: Aubrey Kent, Radiology, Blue River; and Johnique A. Jordan, Business Management, Park University/Longview Community College.
2014 Reentry Woman of the Year Awards Recap
On April 19, 2014, the IBC presented Reentry Woman of the Year scholarships to six women who best exemplify the courage, effort and perseverance to return to the classroom after an absence of five or more years. Pictured (l-r): Ashley Parker, MCCC Longview; Donna Young, UMKC; Angela Blackmon, MCCC Penn Valley; Rachelle (Shelly) Hardin, MCCC Blue River; Sunday Hatten, MCCC Penn Valley; and Rebecca Lassiter, MCCC Longview. Everyone enjoyed a delicious brunch at Unity Village and left inspired by the stories shared by the honorees.
2013 Reentry Woman of the Year Awards Recap
The Reentry Woman of the Year annual scholarship event, sponsored by the IBC, took place on April 20, 2013 at Unity Village. Scholarships were awarded to six women returning to the classroom after an absence of five or more years in pursuit of personal and vocational goals. Congratulations to (pictured l-r): Darla Edmiston, MCC-Longview; Crystal Wolfe, UMKC; Marie Jean-Baptiste, Park University; Joy Coleman, MCC-Maplewoods; and Kellie Carrender, MCC-Blue River. (Cynthia Hart, Park University who was unable to attend.)
Special thank you to Kansas City IBC Reentry Chair Marty Erickson, AAUW-Raytown President; Stephanie Holthaus, AAUW-KC Reentry Chair; and all other branch representatives for their work in creating another incredible event.
2012 Reentry Woman of the Year Awards Recap
The Reentry Award presented in honor of Majorie Rees (new in 2012) went to Rachel Potter. Rachel Potter and Kristin Peters also accepted the AAUW-KC Centennial Scholarships presented at our annual Celebration Picnic on June 14, 2012. Congratulations to these significant seven!