The Junior League of Dallas announced in a press release that it awarded $40,000 in college scholarships at 5th annual Women LEAD (Learn · Excel · Achieve · Dream) Scholarship Program on Mar. 22. The annual program aids female high school students in pursuing their dreams of higher education and creates opportunities for future women leaders. Competitors had a chance at the grand prize – a $15,000 college scholarship – or a second place $10,000 scholarship, a third place $5,000 scholarship, a fourth place $4,000 scholarship or one of six $1,000 scholarships for fifth through tenth place winners. From the applications received, 10 finalists were selected to compete in a speech competition and awards ceremony, which was held at the Junior League of Dallas Headquarters.
The Women LEAD Scholarship Program was established in 2013 in collaboration with Mary Kay Inc. and inspired by its founder Mary Kay Ash. Dr Pepper Snapple Group came on board as a sponsor in 2017.
The 2018 program included three Dallas high schools – Emmett J. Conrad High School, Thomas Jefferson High School and South Oak Cliff High School. Judges of the 2018 program included: Jennifer Tobin, Junior League of Dallas President, Julia A. Simon, Mary Kay Inc. Chief Legal Officer, Judge Amber Givens-Davis, 282nd Judicial District Court Judge and Nisha Shah, Dr Pepper Snapple Group Associate Brand Manager. WFAA Anchor, Kara Sewell served as the emcee.
*Photo Courtesy of Mary Kay
ABOUT JUNIOR LEAGUE OF DALLAS
The Junior League of Dallas cultivates leaders who collectively address the critical needs of the community. Founded in 1922, the JLD is one of the largest Junior Leagues in the world, as well as the largest and oldest training organization for women in Dallas. Active members range in age from 22 to 49 with more than 85 percent of women employed outside of the home. The JLD provides leadership opportunities to over 5,000 women each year through more than 26,000 cumulative hours of experiential and formal training. Uniquely member-run, the JLD provides over 100,000 hours in volunteer service and $1 million in funding to area nonprofits each year. For more information, visit the organization’s website.