The Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation has been granting financial aids of up to $5,000.00 since its establishment in 2003. With the goal of providing unwavering support to women especially to mothers with low income but with still the ardent need to pursue their education, this scholarship program has been very effective in promoting endless opportunities for our less-privileged individuals.
As a background, Patsy Takemoto, who was the first colored woman elected in the US House of Representatives under the jurisdiction of the second district of Hawaii, had served diligently to promote equality and the strict maintenance of democracy during her term. Her experience as a Japanese-American in Hawaii and the bad judgment her family acquired due to their race alone opened her eyes in having the goal of serving those whom she thought were being discriminated upon. Her gender also served as a deterrence in achieving her initial dream of pursuing Medicine as a course, so to change that, she became a lawyer instead to fight against gender biases and injustices. She served for a total of 24 years, and this alone would prove her unwavering dedication for the benefit of her people.
This scholarship grant is only allotted for individuals who have an annual family income of less than $28,000.00 for a family of four. Also, for a woman to be qualified, she must at least be 17 years of age, have at least one dependent child, and must be enrolled in any ESL, GSD, skills training program or any technical, vocational or full degree in university, including master’s and doctoral courses. The $5,000.00 grant is non-renewable and only five awards are given to successful candidates every year, so it is very much suggested to start early for applications.
Usually, applications start during Spring, and announcements are held in late October for the successful awardees.
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