|From the President
“There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
Woolf’s words resonate with us at The Sunflower Initiative, for we seek to enable young women to explore their potential and open their minds with as few barriers as possible. Thanks to the many donors of TSI, 2015 was our best year for funding scholarships for young women attending women’s colleges. We selected our fourth Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship recipient—Emily Moss, who chose Wellesley College—providing us a full house, i.e., four scholarship recipients, one in each four-year undergraduate class.
Our Scholarship Committee is now well into the process of reviewing nearly two hundred applications for academic year 2016-17, and in May, we’ll proudly see our first Fitzgerald Scholarship recipient, Aastha Sharma of Nepal, who is a student with an outstanding record, graduate from Wesleyan College in Georgia.
With your support we will continue to help young women who matriculate at same-sex institutions. As is evident in this newsletter, we are strong believers in women’s colleges: Betty Littleton describes her life-changing experience at then all-female Lindenwood College as a great reason for her support of TSI, and we feature the achievements of her sister, Carol Littleton, a graduate of Cottey College in Missouri. Emily Moss recounts the invaluable experience of her first days at Wellesley, offering yet more evidence of a mind unlocked! These testaments will surely prompt you all to continue to support The Sunflower Initiative and to spread the word about our organization far and wide.