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Furthering Women's Education

Grant Awards

GRANTS PAID DURING 2015-2016

Alice Lloyd College
Pippa Passes, Kentucky
Grant: $20,000
Funding was provided for Work Scholarships for young women attending Alice Lloyd College. A Work Scholarship is earned through service on campus. Another amount included was to fund a Caney Scholar for post graduate work. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, Kentucky 41844.

Beloit College
Beloit, Wisconsin
Grant: $15,000
To provide scholarships for women in science majors. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, Beloit College, 700 College Street, Beloit, WI 53511.

Blackburn College
Carlinville, Illinois
Grant: $18,000
To provide scholarships for women in memory of Myrtie T. Dixson with one being the Monticello College Foundation Scholarship in Leadership, and another being for a Work Program Manager. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, Blackburn College, Carlinville, Illinois 62626.

Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, Iowa
Grant: $5,000
To support the Buena Vista University Tech Trek STEM Camp for Middle School Girls For further information, contact Director of Admissions, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA 50588.

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, California
Grant: $12,000
To support a summer internship program for undergraduate women at Cal Tech. The grant enables the institute to strengthen and expand research experiences available to their outstanding women students. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125.

Center for American Archeology
Kampsville, Illinois
Grant: $29,500
To fund internships and scholarships in a field archeology program entitled "Women in Archeology" for the summer 2017 program. For further information, contact Director of Research and Education, Center for American Archeology, P.O. Box 366, Kampsville, IL 62053.

Hesston College
Hesston, Kansas
Grant: $5,000
To provide scholarships for women in Aviation programs. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas 67062.

Hyde Park School of Dance
Chicago, Illinois
Grant: $3,000
To provide scholarships for young women to receive dance training based on need and ability. For further information, contact Mariam Thiam, Executive Director, 5650 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.

Illinois College
Jacksonville, Illinois
Grant: $24,500
To provide scholarships for women to be awarded on the basis of merit. These scholarships are known as The Monticello College Foundation Scholarships in memory of Myrtie T. Dixson. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois 62650.

Lawrence University
Appleton, Wisconsin
Grant: $7,200
To provide funding for summer research fellowships for women doing original research in biology, chemistry, physics or geology. For further information, contact Dr. David Burrows, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Lawrence University, P.O. Box 599, Appleton, WI 54912.

Lewis and Clark Community College
Godfrey, Illinois
Grants: $60,710
A grant of $20,000 was made for The Monticello College Foundation Scholarships for Deserving Women for academic year 2016-17 and a grant of $17,500 was made to provide athletic scholarship assistance for women for academic year 2016-17. A matching grant of $10,000 was made to help establish the Theodore Chapman Memorial Endowment to provide a scholarship for a woman studying in the paralegal field. A grant of $8,210 was added to the Monticello College Foundation and Alumnae Endowment for Deserving Women. A grant for $5,000 was given for the Linda Nevlin Humanities Scholarship for 2016-17. For further information, contact Dr. Dale Chapman, President, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, Illinois 62035.

Lewis University
Romeoville, Illinois
Grants: $7,500
To provide scholarships for women students in STEM fields. For further information, contact Admissions Department, One University Parkway, Romeoville, IL 60446.

Luther College
Decorah, Iowa
Grants: $7,330
To fund a scientific research in biology for an undergraduate student during summer 2016. For further information, contact Project Director, Dr. Stephanie Fretham, Luther College, Decorah, IA 52101.

MacMurray College
Jacksonville, Illinois
Grant: $24,000
To provide four Monticello College Foundation Scholarship awards of $5,000 each for the 2016-17 academic year. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, MacMurray College, 447 East College Ave., Jacksonville, Illinois 62650.

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
Alton, Illinois
Grant: $18,000
To support three internships for the NGRREC summer research projects for 2016. For further information, contact Dr. Gary Rolfe, Executive Director, Lewis & Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey, Illinois 62035.

Newberry Library
Chicago, Illinois
Grant: $25,200
To provide a Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for a woman for post-doctoral research at Newberry Library for 2016-2017. For further information, contact D. Bradford Hunt, VP Research and Academic Programs, 60 W. Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610.

Ranken Technical College
St. Louis, Missouri
Grant: $15,000
To provide six community service work scholarships for women in the amount of $2,500 each for the 2016-2017 academic year. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, Ranken Technical College, 4431 Finney Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63113.

Regional Dance America
Reston, Virginia
Grant: $12,500
To provide scholarships for women to attend the National Choreography Intensive in the summer of 2016. For further information, contact President, Regional Dance America, P.O. Box 3327, Reston, Virginia 20195.

Robert Morris University
Chicago, Illinois
Grant: $10,000
To provide funding for The Monticello College Foundation Scholars program for minority women enrolled in a Bachelor of Science program. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, 401 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605.

UC - Cumberland College
Williamsburg, Kentucky
Grant: $10,000
To provide "Workships" for women students. "Workships" are the same as scholarships except they must be earned through service on campus. All labor assignments depend on ability and need. For further information, contact Director of Admissions, UC - Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Kentucky 40769.

Vincent Gray Academy
East St. Louis, Illinois
Grant: $16,500
To assist in the high school education of minority at-risk female students for the 2016-2017 academic year. For further information, contact Lillian Grinston, Executive Director, Vincent Gray Academy, P.O. Box 428, East St. Louis, Missouri 62202.

Webster University
St. Louis, MO
Grant: $25,000
To provide scholarships for gifted young women studying at the Community Music School. For further information, contact Carol Commerford, Director of Music School, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119.

Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri
Grant: $228,689
The Foundation is proud to continue the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship for Women at Washington University. The program is a tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Olin’s many years of service to Monticello. Both gave unstintingly of their time, resources and creative spirit to help Monticello achieve its goals on behalf of the higher education of women.

In 2015-16, the 41st year of the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship Program, there were a total of 54 Olin Fellows on tenure in the following fields: Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Computational Biology, Computer Engineering and Science, Dance, Developmental Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Education, Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, English, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, History, Law, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Molecular Cell Biology, Movement Science, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Physics, Physical Therapy, Plant & Microbial Biosciences, Social Work, Visual Art and Writing Program.

By establishing the Olin Fellowship at Washington University, the Monticello College Foundation has strived to perpetuate the pioneering spirit which placed Monticello College on the frontier of women’s education when it was founded by Captain Benjamin Godfrey in 1835 at Godfrey, Illinois. Cognizant of this rich and unusual heritage, the trustees of The Monticello College Foundation have sought to continue the school’s tradition of leadership by identifying Monticello with another vanguard movement in women’s higher education--advanced study beyond the baccalaureate degree. The Olin Fellowship Program, by broadening opportunities for advanced study by women, is the modern successor to Monticello’s pioneering efforts in collegiate education in the nineteenth century.

The Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships are tenable for advanced study at Washington University. They carry annual stipends and cover full tuition costs. The Fellowships are renewable for a period of four years or completion of the program of advanced study, whichever is first.

Competition is open to any qualified woman graduate of a baccalaureate institution in the United States. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or of the appropriate professional schools of Washington University.

Applications should be made directly to Washington University, by contacting the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130.

This grant also includes funds for the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Conference. These conferences are sponsored jointly by the Monticello College Foundation and Washington University as a corollary of the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship Program. The Olin Fellows on the Conference Planning Committee and Conference Coordinator, Adrienne Rusbarsky, are responsible for these successful conferences.

The 39th Olin Conference, "Educating Women for Global Empowerment," took place on October 28, 2013. The keynote speech titled "A Fighting Chance?" was given by Shabana Basij-Rasikh, co-founder of the School of Leadership-Afghanistan, a boarding preparatory school for women. After an invitation-only dinner, a documentary, "Girl Rising," about the education of women from nine different developing countries was shown.

The 41st Olin Conference, "The Power of Small Moves," took place on October 29, 2015. The keynote speech was given by Christine Souffrant, a graduate of Dartmouth College and founder of Vendedy, a service that permits street vendors in multiple countries to upload photos of their goods via mobile devices. This allows potential customers to search for items in areas they plan to travel. There was further discussion on social entrepreneurship.