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2:07 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

UK Accepting Applications for Women's Empowerment Scholarship

CRVAW Director Carol Jordan

LEXINGTON-KY    A new scholarship is being offered to University of Kentucky students who have been domestically abused. 

The Women’s Empowerment Scholarship is part of an outreach effort by the university’s Center for Research on Violence Against Women.  Director Carol Jordan says it’s designed to help those who are most vulnerable.

"Women with fewer financial resources, fewer job opportunities, are at greater risk of violence.  And what’s a solution to all those problems?  Education.”

The scholarship provides women with support services from the Bluegrass Domestic Violence program, academic counseling, and up to $4000. Originally it was meant to help battered women in the community, but Jordan wants to focus on current students in particular.  When the Center unveiled the scholarship last year, it required applicants to have been served by the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.  That requirement has been dropped and current applicants just need to disclose that they have been victims of domestic abuse.  The center has already funded one scholarship with the help of Verizon Communications, and hopes to eventually support five.  

The scholarship is open to those who have an experience of violence that has affected their lives and educational careers, and have been admitted to the University of Kentucky.  More information on the scholarship and an online application are available at http://www.uky.edu/CRVAW/applyWES/about.php.  The application deadline is March 15th.