Junior League of Tyler Women’s Scholarship

Oct 24, 2010 by

We expect gifts on our birthdays.

But when the Junior League of Tyler celebrates an anniversary, the giving flows outward. In honor of its 60th anniversary, Junior League of Tyler has given $60,000 to establish a scholarship to benefit Smith County women returning to higher education at Tyler Junior College.

“This scholarship is a perfect way to fulfill our mission statement,” said Junior League president Andy Wells. The League is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving
communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”

In 1950, 13 sponsors and 32 charter members met to organize the League. Throughout their 2009-2010 year, the Junior League of Tyler has given more than $6 million and thousands of volunteers hours to better the community ($375,000 and 20,000 hours in 2009 alone). It now comprises nearly 800 members and continues to grow in membership and community outreach.

The Junior League and Tyler Junior College share the same goals and commitment to the community.

“…we have seen examples of women who just need a little help to reach their dreams. Junior League is thrilled to partner with these women and TJC to help them make their dreams a reality.”

Leann Strnadel, a past president of the League, chaired a committee of six women to propose a community gift to celebrate the anniversary. “We believe in developing the potential of women,” Strnadel said. “This scholarship helps women develop their potential for being better members of society, better mothers, better workers, better volunteers in the future.”

Priority consideration to receive the Junior League scholarship will go to clients of non-profit organizations. “Through our efforts in volunteering with East Texas Crisis Center, Christian Women’s Job Corps and Literacy Council, we have seen examples of women who just need a little help to reach their dreams. Junior League is thrilled to partner with these women and TJC to help them make their dreams a reality,” Strnadel said. “It’s not easy to go back into this setting later in life when school isn’t your only responsibility,” said Wells.

Scholarships were awarded this past spring during the anniversary year; the remainder of the League gift will establish an endowment so two scholarships per year can be awarded in perpetuity. Recipients of the scholarship won’t walk alone. “Hundreds of women stand behind them with pride and excitement as they pursue their dreams,” Strnadel said.


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Fred Peters is the Director of Public Affairs at Tyler Junior College. He can be reached at 903-510-2627 or at fpet@tjc.edu