Ending Violence one Diploma at a Time

Women who have experienced intimate partner violence, rape or sexual abuse, dating violence, or stalking at some point during their lives need a multitude of diverse resources to fully recover. The UK Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women (OPSVAW) believes that post- secondary education is among the resources that can help survivors and pathways to healthy and violence-free lives. With that belief, we created the Women’s Empowerment Scholarship Program (WES).

The WES gives women access to education as a means of escaping violence and abuse or diminishing the effects of child or adulthood victimization. The OPSVAWs goal is to fund five Empowerment Scholarships. Verizon Wireless became the first to support the Scholarship Program with a $100,000 donation from its HopeLine phone-recycling program.

The OPSVAW’s partners in the Women’s Empowerment Scholarship Program include the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs; the Office of Financial Aid; the Office of Undergraduate Education; and the Stuckert Career Center.

To be eligible for a Women’s Empowerment Scholarship, women must

  • have been served through one of the domestic violence, rape crisis programs in Kentucky or a UK victim services program in Kentucky, and
  • apply and have been admitted to the University of Kentucky, with plans to secure a bachelor’s degree in a field of their choosing.

The core of the Women’s Empowerment Scholarship Program is a stipend provided by the OPSVAW.  The scholarship brings a stipend each year the recipient holds it.   A WES is renewable for up to four years if the recipient reapplies in a manner required by the OPSVAW and maintains the required grade point average.

For additional information about the Women's Empowerment Scholarship, contact Carol E. Jordan, Executive Director, Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women.

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