Applications are now being accepted for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Success for Survivors Scholarship. This unique opportunity encourages intimate partner abuse survivors to reclaim and rebuild their lives by advancing their academic pursuits through a $2,500 scholarship.

“GFWC clubs all across the country have embraced the GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention and are making a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic abuse with educational scholarships, donations to hotlines, shelters and other programs aimed at helping those who need it the most,” explained GFWC International President Babs Condon. “Ending domestic violence is not just a dream…it can be a reality if we come together with a common set of goals.”

In June 2014, GFWC awarded $20,000 in scholarships. The scholarships are funded through generous donations from GFWC members, partners, and friends to the GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Fund.

“According to studies, a higher education can help survivors obtain careers and provide a brighter future,” stated GFWC Signature Project Chairman Chris Sienkielewski. “We are grateful for our generous donors who positively impact individuals’ pursuit of education and independence.”

GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club helps domestic abuse victims in a variety of ways ranging from awareness campaigns, drives for shelters like Abby’s House in Worcester and monitory donations — including donations that go directly toward this scholarship.

Survivors of intimate partner abuse seeking higher education to advance their careers, train for a new career, or reenter the job market are encouraged to apply for the GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship. Candidates must be enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited post-secondary or vocational institution. In addition, candidates must be recommended by a licensed or accredited domestic violence agency, counselor, and/or social worker.

The scholarship application deadline is February 6, 2015. For more information and to download the application, visit www.GFWC.org/Scholarship.