NASHVILLE - Six women will be awarded $1,000 scholarships at this year's Economic
Summit for Women, Representative Janis Sontany, Chair of the Women's Economic Council
Foundation and the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, announced. Tennessee First
Lady, Andrea Conte, will present the scholarships.
The summit will be at The Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, Tennessee on October 19,
"Research continues to prove that by continuing their education, women increase their
earnings potential," said Sontany. "The foundation is pleased to offer these scholarships to
women and girls who are are committed to improving their economic autonomy."
Three scholarships will be awarded to graduating senior high school girls and three will be
awarded to non-traditional students. In addition to academic achievement and financial
need, the Foundation will consider leadership and participation in community activities in
selecting the recipients. Applications for the scholarships must be received by September
14, 2009, and the recipients will be notified by October 10.
"The value of a degree in today's economy cannot be overstated," said Patricia Pierce, cochair
of the summit's scholarship committee. "Only 23 percent of Tennessee's women have
earned a four-year college degree, which ranks Tennessee 41st in the nation. We can and
should do better, and the Foundation's scholarship program will help women who seek to
change those statistics."
The Economic Summit for Women provides women from across the state information to
improve their personal and professional lives and the opportunity to network with others
from a variety of backgrounds and careers. This year's program will include internationally
acclaimed writer and lecturer Gloria Steinem, author and international leadership
consultant Dr. Carole Leland, former Governor of Vermont and U.S. Ambassador to
Switzerland Madeline Kunin, and communications specialist and author Beverly Inman-Ebel.