Thursday, October 25, 2007



Helping Women 40+ Discover New Lives and New Futures

Mature workers are important and largely untapped resources who have much to offer – not only to businesses, but to the nation. The AARP Foundation is dedicated to creating new opportunities for individuals to re-enter the workforce or obtain better employment so that they will be more financially secure in the second half of life. New job opportunities, however, often require additional skills, time and money. The right education and training can sometimes be out-of-reach, especially for individuals with limited financial resources.

While many individuals benefit from the work of the AARP Foundation, research shows that women are disproportionately at risk of having insufficient resources in the second half of their lives due to lower earnings and different work patterns. The AARP Foundation has established the Women’s Scholarship Program to help women 40+ overcome financial and employment barriers by allowing them to participate in education and training opportunities they could not otherwise afford.


To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must:

¥ Be a female age 40 or over (as of October 31, 2007);

¥ Be able to demonstrate financial need;

¥ Submit a proposal for enrollment in an accredited post-secondary school or training program within 6 months of the scholarship award date.

Priority Applicants

Priority will be given to applicants in the following categories:

¥ individuals returning to the workforce after an extended absence;

¥ individuals who are underemployed (in a job with limited pay, limited growth opportunities and limited benefits); or

¥ grandmothers or other female relatives raising another family member’s child/children (with the ability to demonstrate significant financial responsibility for those child/children).


The on-line application will be available beginning August 31, 2007. Complete applications must be submitted no later than October 31, 2007. 2008 scholarship recipients will be notified in January 2008. Scholarship funds will be made available shortly thereafter.


Scholarship awards will range from $500 to $5,000, depending on financial need and the cost of the education or training program. The AARP Foundation will award up to 100 scholarships during the first award cycle.

Scholarships may be used for any course of study at a public or private secondary school, including community colleges, technical schools, and four-year universities. Funds may be used to pay for tuition fees, and books. Scholarship funds will be made payable only to the authorized educational institution.

Scholarships will be awarded for a period of one year or less. Recipients may reapply for the following year’s scholarship program if they continue to meet program eligibility requirements.

Winner Selection

Scholarship winners will be chosen by an independent selection committee established by the AARP Foundation on the basis of financial need, personal circumstances and achievements, educational goals, and the likely impact of the scholarship on their lives and those of their families and communities. Decisions of the selection committee are final.

How to Apply

The program application may only be submitted on-line. The application form and additional information on the scholarship program is available at beginning August 31, 2007. Click on the “Apply for a new scholarship” link. Follow the onscreen instructions to apply for an AIN (applicant identification number). Remember to write down the applicant identification number. When prompted, use AFWSP as the access key.

Making Changes to the Application

Return to and click the “Apply for a new scholarship” link. Using Log-in Option 2, enter the access key (AFWSP), AIN (applicant identification number), and name to re-enter the application process. Click “Continue” on each tab until arriving at the section that needs to be corrected or updated. It is not necessary to resubmit information unless there is a change in test scores or class rank and/or size, prior to the October 31, 2007 submission deadline.

Checking the Status of Your Application

To check the status of your application, return to and click on the “Check Application Status” link. Enter your AIN, first name and last name. Then click “Submit.”

Responsibilities of Recipients

Scholarship recipients must provide accurate information at all times. They must be enrolled in an approved educational program within six months of receiving notification of the scholarship award. The must continue their designated educational program for the complete term of the scholarship (barring illness, family emergency, or military service). Scholarship recipients are responsible for delivering their scholarship checks to the proper office at their educational institution.

Program Administration

To assure complete impartiality in selection of winners and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the program is administered by Scholarship Program Administrators, Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.


For additional information regarding the scholarship program contact:

AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program

c/o Scholarship Program Administrators, Inc.

P.O. Box 23737

Nashville TN 37202-3737

Fax (615) 320-3151 (Access Key: AFWSP)

The AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Foundation programs provide security, protection and empowerment for older persons in need. Low-income older workers receive the job training and placement they need to re-join the workforce. Free tax preparation is provided for low- and moderate-income individuals, with special attention to those 60 and older. The Foundation’s litigation staff protects the legal rights of older Americans in critical health, long-term care, consumer and employment situations. Additional programs provide information, education and services to ensure that people over 50 lead lives of independence, dignity and purpose. Foundation programs are funded by grants, tax-deductible contributions and AARP.

Intern at the Institute for Responsible Citizenship

An online version of this announcement can be found at

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is currently accepting applications for its summer programs in Washington , DC and New York City . The program in Washington focuses on public service, with most
participants interested in careers in law, politics, and business. The New York City program focuses on career achievement and citizenship in the financial services industry.

Washington Program Details

Each summer, twenty-four of the most promising black male college sophomores in the country are given the chance to intern in the nation's capital while taking rigorous classes at Georgetown University . The courses in government and economics are designed to provide these young men with the skills necessary to critically analyze the world's problems while adhering to a deep respect for civil liberties. When the students are not in class or at work, they are often called upon to attend social functions designed to help them network in their field. Personal meetings with such leaders as Colin Powell, John Lewis, and Clarence Thomas are made possible by the intimate nature of the program.

The program runs from the first Sunday in June to the last Saturday in July and is a two-summer commitment (accommodations are made for students on the quarter system). During their first summer, students' primary responsibilities outside of their internships are their academic courses. The following summer, in addition to their internships, mentorship with the latest cohort of Institute students and professional development become priorities. Tuition and housing are paid for by the Institute, while students are expected to pay for their transportation and food. In addition, those not placed in paid internships will receive a stipend in the amount of $3000. You should be a sophomore to apply, however, juniors are considered if they are committed to attending graduate or professional school directly following their senior year.

The average GPA for participants is a 3.65. A competitive applicant will have a strong GPA along with a track record of service to others.

Financial Services Program Details

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is excited to announce a new program in conjunction with KPMG, one of the foremost accounting firms in the country. This year, KPMG was ranked among the top 100 companies to work for by Fortune Magazine, and ranked 37th among large-size companies. More information about KPMG can be found at http://www.kpmgcare Twelve black male college sophomores will be selected to take part in this year's program. The program runs from the first Sunday in June until the last Saturday in July.

Students selected for this opportunity will spend the summer in New York City and work at the company's headquarters for eight weeks. The twelve young men will live together in housing provided for program participants. Students will be placed in the departments of Audit, Tax, or Advisory Services and be paired with a high-level executive to work with for the summer. Exemplary performance will be rewarded with an invitation to return for a second summer and possibly result in full-time employment following graduation.

Other program highlights

· Salary of $21 per hour, while working full-time

· Laptop provided for duration of program

· Possible international travel

· Seminar series for academic credit

Students majoring in Finance, Accounting, or Management Information Systems with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better should send their applications in right away.

More information about both programs, along with the application, can be found on the web at http://www.i4rc. org/programs. htm.

The application deadlines are:

Early Decision - November 1

Regular Decision - February 1

Inquiries should be directed to or (202)
659-2831. Those considering applying are highly
encouraged to review the website in detail.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Calendar of Events

New Leadership of the Philadelphia Congress


Contact Person; Sheila E. Johnson 215 687 0525

New Leadership of the
Philadelphia Congress of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. Victorious In Recent Court Decision

RE: The Philadelphia Congress of the

National Congress of Black Women vs. Veronica Florence McPherson and Wachovia Bank S.C. #: 07-07-20-6336 H.D.: September 7, 2007

Prior to a November 2006 organizational election three former officers of the Chapter without authorization of the membership and other seated officers, withdrew funds and closed the organization’s account. Based on testimony and evidence presented at a hearing held September 7, 2007 in Philadelphia Municipal Court, Judge Norton Krase ruled “considering the totalality of the circumstances, the withdrawal of the money by the former second vice chair was irresponsible and not in conormity with the internal structure of said organization. Further it should be recorded that on January 15, 2007 , Ms. De Shields, the new Philadelphia Chair received a letter from the National Chair of The National Congress of Black Women, Inc., congratulating her on being elected Chair for the years 2007-2009. This action by the National Organization further strengthened the Plaintiff’s case. The Court is of the opinion that the conduct and acts of the defendants were arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable. Therefore judgment for the Plaintiff against both Defendants, jointly and severally, in the amount of Three Thousand, Two Hundred Sixty –six dollars and sixty nine cents ($3,266.69) plus attorney fees of Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($750.00) and court cost of One Hundred and Fourteen dollars ($114.00).

The National Congress of Black Women formerly, the National Political Congress of Black Women was founded 23 years ago by the Honorable Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and Dr. C. Delores Tucker, two of the most dynamic and visionary African American women of the 20th Century. Onah C. Weldon served as the Philadelphia Chair for over twenty years. Upon her passing she was succeeded by the then First Vice-Chair, Tahiya McCoy Nyahuma.

In light of the November 2006 election recognition by the organizations National body and the judges decision, Jacqui De Shields has the distinct honor and charge of continuing this historical legacy of outstanding leadership by serving as Chair of the esteemed only Philadelphia Flagship Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. Members across the city are excited by her leadership and pleased with the judges ruling.

Do not be confused when you see or hear Onah C. Weldon, Dr. C. DeLores Tucker’s name used by any other organization just be assured they are not in any way connected to the Philadelphia Congress of the National Congress of Black Women.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

"Sojourner Truth will Become the First Black Woman Honored with a Bust in the U.S. Capitol"

The article is from Dr. E. Faye Williams' (Chair of the National Congress) letter. Feel free to forward to everyone you know.

It constains a link to allow people to easily donate to the campaign directly via the National Congress' website. So, also post the link to the article on the message boards and chat rooms that you frequent and open up a discussion regarding it.