“Words cannot adequately express my sense of gratitude for your contribution to my education. I was granted the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative scholarship, since then, I have been able to reduce my work hours and put more energy into my studies.”
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ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
The Women’s Philanthropy Initiative (WPI) celebrates women leaders who inspire each other to give their time, talent and resources to SUPPORT Georgia State’s primary goal of positioning itself as a model of academic success for diverse populations and a leader in producing engaged citizens. WPI was founded by a group of Georgia State alumnae and friends who work to improve the success rate of our students. They believe there is untapped potential in the power of women to create a stronger and more vital community by supporting Georgia State’s transformational goals.
Each semester, hundreds of fully qualified students are dropped from their classes for lack of payment. For as little as $300, Panther Retention Grants provide the emergency funding to allow students who want to get their degrees the opportunity to stay enrolled.
In 2008, the graduation rates for students who lose the HOPE scholarship were only 20%, 40-points lower than the rates for those who hold on to it. In response to this troubling trend, GSU launched the Keep HOPE Alive program in 2009.
WPI awards scholarships to deserving undergraduate students enrolled at Georgia State University in good standing who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
- Signature Events include annual fall luncheon featuring an exceptional keynote speaker and a spring reception celebrating student success.
- Women Who Make a Difference Speaker Series is a lunch forum designed to celebrate women at Georgia State who motivate and inspire others by their example. Each forum will feature distinctive women who are faculty, administrators and alumni making a difference in the Georgia State community and eager to share their stories to help empower others. Visit gsu.edu/womeninspire for more details.
- Women Lead: Paving the Way for Women to Lead, an academic program launching in 2015, will empower young women to strive for top leadership positions. It engages our undergraduate students in a signature experience class where learning comes alive. WPI members can be involved in small networking events, roundtable discussions, company location visits or a mentoring program.
- Dinner With 12 Panthers lets hosts personally get to know a pride of Panthers. Do it yourself, co-host with someone else in your workplace, home or in a restaurant; for lunch or dinner. Pride size is flexible. Signup begins in November for April participation. Sponsored by the Alumni Association.
- Steering Committee members implement WPI’s strategic plan, coordinate and plan WPI events, raise funds for the university and participate as ambassadors at community events.
The Office of The Provost and First Lady Laura Voisinet are celebrating the achievements of Georgia State University women who motivate and inspire others. Open to the university community, the speaker series showcases distinctive women from the ranks of Georgia State’s stellar faculty, leading administrators and distinguished alumni who are making a difference and are eager to share their stories to empower others.
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“Receiving the WPI scholarship helped me finish undergrad debt free, which is especially important now, as a new business owner and the first college graduate in my entire family.”
It’s easy — and rewarding — to invest in Georgia State’s future through a private gift. You can quickly make an online gift here and now. If you prefer, Georgia State development representatives are ready to help you create a named endowment or leave a legacy gift that reflects your personal interests. They can assist, as well, with corporate and matching gifts.
Founders Circle $5,000 for 5 years totaling $25,000
Believers Circle $2,000 for 5 years totaling $10,000
Partners Circle $1,000 for 5 years totaling $5,000
Advocates Circle $500 for 5 years totaling $2,500
Ambassadors Circle $250 for 5 years totaling $1,250
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative?
The Women’s Philanthropy Initiative (WPI) seeks to develop women leaders in philanthropy and inspire them to give of their time, talent and resources to support Georgia State University’s goals of positioning itself as a model of academic success for diverse populations and a leader in producing engaged citizens. WPI was founded by a group of Georgia State alumnae and friends who work to improve the success rate of our students. They believe there is untapped potential in the power of women to create a stronger and more vital community by supporting Georgia State’s transformational goals.
Who is it for?
The Women’s Philanthropy Initiative is primarily focused on providing engagement opportunities for alumnae and dedicated friends to the university. Faculty, staff, students and others are welcome to attend many of our events.
Who do WPI Scholarships support?
Deserving undergraduate students enrolled at Georgia State University in good standing who have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
Does WPI only honor gifts made towards scholarship funds?
No. we celebrate gifts made to any unit or fund at the university.
How can I get more involved?
There are many ways to get involved with the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative. We invite you to attend events or consider volunteering at Georgia State.
Can I be involved if I don’t live in Atlanta?
Yes. Alumnae in other regions can be involved. If you are interested in hosting an event in your region, please contact us at (404) 413-3413.
Katherine S. Bernhardt
Cathy C. Henson
Nancy R. Mansfield
Ray E. Uttenhove
Laura L. Voisinet
“Because of this scholarship, I was able to take time off from working many long hours in part-time jobs and focus on applying to Georgia State University’s Nursing School “