GFWC Women's Club of South County
The GFWC WCSC Scholarship Fund helps Washington County women in need become self-sufficient through the pursuit of a degree or by obtaining credentials for practicing a vocation. For a quarter of a century, the Club each year has awarded scholarships ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars to selected applicants. All funds are distributed directly to the educational institution for tuition costs only.
For information about applying, see below, email admin@GFWCRISouthCounty.com
or call 401-287-4392
2021 Scholarship Recipients
Meet This Year's Recipients
Elisa Quinones, from North Kingstown, is a second-year recipient of a WCSC scholarship. She is enrolled in University of Rhode Island's Doctor of Pharmacy program. The Covid-19 pandemic has heightened her desire to become a pharmacist because it has shown the positive effect pharmacists can have during a public health crisis.
Corrine Perrin, from Hope Valley, is attending Rhode Island College for a nursing RN degree. She has been working as a nursing assistant for over ten years, more than five at South County Hospital. "I always enjoyed helping people and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty," she says. The pandemic, though frightening for healthcare works, has served to make her passion for nursing stronger.
Alexandra Wilson, from Hope Valley, is working toward two degrees at Rhode Island College, a BA in Communications with a concentration in public and professional communication and a BS in Marketing and General Management. Her goal after graduation is to work for a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help others.
Britney Naylor (not pictured), from Narragansett, received an eyelash certification and hopes to continue classes by adding a nail tech certification and perhaps one day opening her own salon. She enjoys making people happy and says that new looks, including small changes in eyelashes, can boost both happiness and confidence.
Starting in January 2022
Open and print the application. Complete it and mail (or scan and email)
with the required attachments.
APPLICATION DEADLINE Extended. New date:
April 15, 2022
To qualify as an applicant, all of the following criteria must be met:
Be a woman of at least age 19 by date of application, with a high school diploma or GED.
Be a resident of Washington County (Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, New Shoreham/Block Island, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, or Westerly).
Exhibit financial need by providing documentation as requested.
Be enrolled, or accepted, in a career/vocational training or certificate program, or working toward a first degree (i.e., associate or bachelor's).
Demonstrate the motivation to achieve educational and career goals.
Preference is given to highly motivated women – with or without dependents – who need further education or training to become self-sufficient. Dependents may include children, spouse, partner, siblings, and/or parents.
Testimonials from former scholarship recipients
“My children inspire me every day to keep climbing up and out of poverty and growing personally regardless of what the barriers are.” Becky Bome
“Ever since my brother passed away when I was only 10, working in emergency medicine has been my thing. I want to be the smiling face on the other side when emergency victims are being rescued.” Callie-Rae Cashin
"I always felt the calling to help others and love the medical field. Having started as a CNA, then a Medtech, I am now on my way to obtaining an RN. Thank you so much to the Women’s Club for the scholarship. It will help so much!" Damariss Hartsfield
"The Women's Club of South County makes dreams come true - I always wanted to be a nurse and liked helping others." Gabrielle Mowry
"This scholarship came at a truly pivotal time in my life and gave me the funding to pursue my degree in Social Work. The Women's Club of South County gave me the opportunity to prove to myself and others that I had the power to change." Megan Durocher
"The scholarship has made it possible for her to continue her education and to “make a new direction in her life possible.” I now believe that I have something to contribute to women who struggle with mental health issues, homelessness, addiction and abusive relationships. I am forever grateful to the generous women of South County. Thank you for believing in me!" Selena Millard
"As a scholarship recipient, I was able to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of RI. My degree helped me earn a promotion to Community Sales Director for Brightview Commons a Brightview Senior Living Community in South County. To reciprocate the generosity of The Club, I have the honor of hosting some of its monthly meetings and am involved with the Corporate Sponsorship for the Annual Book & Author event held at the Dunes Club every July. I encourage single mothers to apply for the scholarship because the WCSC is about volunteering and giving back to our community. The Club seeks to help women succeed in furthering their education especially for career advancement that will support her family and home in the community." Sheryl Peno