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Women Funding Women’s Education
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Women Funding Women’s Education


The Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship in the amount of $10,000 will be awarded to one woman for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Sunflower Initiative, established by alumnae and friends of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, offers the Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship to honor one of the College’s most distinguished alumnae. It will provide a promising young woman with financial support to attend an undergraduate woman’s college where her intellect and talents will be nurtured and where she will receive an education preparing her to participate fully in public life.

The Scholarship Committee welcomes applications from highly motivated women who are passionate about learning and desire to attend a woman’s college in either the United States or Canada. The successful candidate must possess a stellar high school record, provide outstanding references, have a sincere desire to make a contribution to society, and show evidence of strong character and leadership qualities, as well as breadth and depth of interests. For best consideration, applicants are recommended to have an unweighted GPA of at least a 3.5 and SAT scores of 1800 or higher OR no single ACT score lower than 25.

Graduating high school seniors, women who have matriculated at college, but left prior to the completion of the first semester, and early college applicants are eligible to apply. Women who have completed one semester of college or more are not eligible. The Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship is awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal.

The application deadline is February 1, 2016 by 11:59 pm EST. The Scholarship Selection Committee will notify the winner of the award in April 2016.

Complete applications include:

  • A completed form (Fill out my form!)
  • Official high school or GED transcripts
  • Official report of SAT (code 7230) or ACT (code 1715) scores
  • 3 Letters of recommendations; one from a teacher and two from community members (club advisor, employer, or other non-family); must be submitted on-line. Please email the following web address to those writing recommendations for you:

Incomplete applications and late materials will not be considered.