Women's Empowerment Scholarship Program

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. At the UK Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women, we believe that post-secondary education is among the resources that can help survivors find pathways to healthy and violence-free lives. With that belief, we created the Women’s Empowerment Scholarship Program. 


Our ultimate goal is to establish five Scholarships. Today, we have one operational WES:

Verizon Wireless Women's Empowerment Scholarship - The very first scholarship established under the umbrella of the Women's Empowerment Scholarship was funded by Verizon Wireless, furthering their national prominence in the domestic violence field.

Laura Jane Brown Women's Empowerment Scholarship - University of Kentucky scholar Dr. David Brown has made a planned gift that will honor his late wife Laura by funding two Women's Empowerment Scholarships in future years.


Each Scholarship costs at least $100,000, funds which are held in a permanent endowment and which provide an annual $4,500 stipend to Scholarship recipients. Anyone interested in donating to the Women’s Empowerment Scholarship Program may make a gift which fully funds a scholarship ($100,000 per scholarship) – in that instance the Scholarship is named to honor the donor or a person of the donor’s choice. It is not necessary to fund an entire Scholarship with one gift.  Donations of any amount help us build toward a Scholarship and are considered invaluable. 

For additional information on donating to the OPSVAW Women's Empowerment Scholarship Program, contact Carol E. Jordan, Executive Director of the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women at carolj@uky.edu.

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