Tuesday, November 16, 2010

UI&U Honors Women's Empowerment Scholarship Recipients December 2

CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university designed exclusively for adults and headquartered in Cincinnati, will host a dinner to honor the recipients of the university’s Women’s Empowerment Scholarship (WES), Thursday, December 2, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the university’s Cincinnati Academic Center, at 440 East McMillan Street in Walnut Hills.

The scholarship is funded through a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, and is awarded to single, female, head-of-household learners enrolled in the UI&U Bachelor of Science program. UI&U alumna Arlene Koth, COO and executive vice president of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. will deliver the keynote address at the dinner.

The 12 WES recipients have had to overcome significant obstacles in order to pursue their dream of earning their degrees. In addition to raising dependent children, many are working fulltime jobs, all while working towards their BS degree.

WES recipient Robin Ewing, for example, is a mother of four, She serves as the administration assistant for the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati’s Small Business Development Center. In addition, she is raising her brother’s five children, and has started her own business designed to enhance the self-esteem of young girls. “I’m trying to do something to better my environment and leave a legacy for my children,” said Robin. “I have to keep striving for the best, and the scholarship is helping me to do so.”

According to Dr. Carolyn Turner, dean of the Cincinnati Undergraduate Programs, the grant has a far-reaching impact. “By providing these 12 single mothers with the opportunity to earn a college degree, they will have the potential to increase their earning potential, and thereby the opportunity to better provide for their children and serve as role models - giving the entire family a brighter future and a better chance at achieving academic and career success.”

“These women are true heroes – and provide inspiration for all of us. They balance and juggle, but they understand that education is the key to improving their own lives, the lives of their children, and ultimately, the communities we all live and work in,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. “ They represent so many other women at Union Institute & University – committed to service and to making a difference.”

For information about the event contact Nicole Hamilton, public relations manager for Union Institute & University at 513-487-1194 or Nicole.hamilton@myunion.edu.

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