By: Sarah Franzen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2007
Pictured in front of the Endowment Tree at JLT Headquarters are current JLT Scholarship Committee members from (L to R): Jenny Edwards, Stephanie Long and Hope Heldmar, the Scholarship Committee Chair.
Founded in 1923, The Junior League of Tulsa, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of nearly 1,000 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Junior League’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable with a focus on educating, mentoring and contributing to the well being of women and children.
Each year, the Junior League of Tulsa identifies and researches critical and emerging unmet needs in the community and develops projects specifically to fill those voids. Through coordination, volunteer training and fund development, the Junior League of Tulsa strives to make each project self-supporting within three years. The League then moves on to address other critical issues. No other organization in Tulsa operates in this manner.
Since 1923, the Junior League of Tulsa has been instrumental in the success of many notable community projects such as the Child Abuse Network, Leadership Tulsa, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Ronald McDonald House, Mayfest and Oxley Nature Center. Junior League members have contributed more than 1.5 million volunteer hours and have raised more than $5 million in support of the Tulsa community.
Current Junior League projects include developing and implementing a volunteer program for the Child Abuse Network, providing short-term volunteer assistance and strategic planning for the Laura Dester Children’s Shelter, assisting with the new mother and family support program at St. Francis Hospital, numerous “done in a day” volunteer service projects and awarding two $1,500 Founders Scholarships to female high school seniors in the Tulsa area.
The Junior League of Tulsa, Inc., a non-profit organization of women dedicated to improving the Tulsa community, is accepting applications for two $1,500 scholarships for female high school seniors in the Tulsa area who are planning to attend an accredited university, college or technical trade school.
“The Junior League of Tulsa’s Founder’s Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and an outstanding commitment to community service and voluntarism,” said Hope Heldmar, Junior League of Tulsa Scholarship Chair. “We look forward to presenting these scholarships to two outstanding young women at our monthly meeting in May.”
Candidates must meet eligibility requirements and complete an application, including writing a short essay about why they are dedicated to making a difference in their community through voluntarism. They also must be willing to attend a brief interview with the scholarship selection panel in April.
For more information about the Junior League of Tulsa’s Founder’s Scholarship requirements and to download an application, visit www.jltulsa.org or call the Junior League of Tulsa office at (918) 663-6100. Applications are also available in area high school guidance counselor offices. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February. 28 (not postmarked) and should be mailed to: The Junior League of Tulsa, Inc. c/o Founders’ Scholarship Committee, 3633 South Yale Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-5535.