Grace Sharples, Soroptimist founder region fellowship district director, was the guest speaker at Soroptimist International of The Redwoods program meeting this month to talk about our region’s identifying project, “ founder region fellowship.”
The mission of this program is to advance the status of women through financial support to women in the final phase of their doctoral degree. This project gives grants (approximately $20,000 each year) to selected women attending universities within the bounds of the founder region who are in the final phase of their doctoral degrees. A byproduct of this support is affirmation of the importance of the recipients’ work and value as an individual.
The founder region fellowship seeks to support women who are working in fields traditionally held by men or fields that have great social importance to the world. The recipients’ work will reflect and further Soroptimist ideals. Soroptimist of the Redwoods helped with this program with a donation of $500 presented by current president, Andrea Boldt.
The founder region fellowship is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and has been providing grants to women since 1948. For more information on this program you may visit their website at www.founderregionrellowship.org or contact any local Soroptimist member.
Crystal Arbuthnot is the public awareness chair for Soroptimist International of the Redwoods.
Grace Sharples, left, Soroptimist founder region fellowship district director, receives a check from Soroptimist International of the Redwoods president Andrea Boldt.