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Furthering Women's Education

Grant Awards


Alice Lloyd College
Pippa Passes, Kentucky
Grant: $20,000
Funding was provided for Work Scholarships for young women attending Alice Lloyd College. A Work Scholarship is earned through service on campus. Another amount included was to fund a Caney Scholar for post graduate work.  

Blackburn College
Carlinville, Illinois
Grant: $18,000
To provide scholarships for women in memory of Myrtie T. Dixson with one being the Monticello College Foundation Scholarship in Leadership, and another being for a Work Program Manager. 

Campbellsville University
Campbellsville, Kentucky
Grant: $4,000
Providing funds to support young women participating in the CU/Organic Grassroots partnership program.   

Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grant: $5,000
To provide scholarships to single mothers aspiring to pursue a Professional and Graduate Studies degree

Fontbonne University
St. Louis, MO
Grant: $5,000
To provide scholarships for women in Computer Science or Cybersecurity majors. 

Hyde Park School of Dance
Chicago, Illinois
Grant: $5,000
To provide scholarships for young women to receive dance training based on need and ability

Illinois College
Jacksonville, Illinois
Grant: $24,500
To provide scholarships for women to be awarded on the basis of merit. These scholarships are known as The Monticello College Foundation Scholarships in memory of Myrtie T. Dixson.

Lawrence University
Appleton, Wisconsin
Grant: $8,612
To provide funding for summer research fellowships to women doing original research in biology, chemistry, physics or geology.

Lewis and Clark Community College
Godfrey, Illinois
Grants: $47,500

Several grants were made for the 2020-21 academic year.  A $20,000 grant was made for The Monticello College Foundation Scholarships for Deserving Women and a grant of $17,500 was made to provide athletic scholarship assistance for women. A grant for $5,000 was given for the Linda Nevlin Humanities Scholarship and $5,000 for the Carol A. Kempske Scholarship for Women. 

Luther College
Decorah, Iowa
Grant: $6,640
To provide an in-depth summer research experience in chemistry for a female undergraduate student

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
Alton, Illinois
Grant: $17,000
To support two internships for the NGRRE summer research projects for 2020.

Newberry Library
Chicago, Illinois
Grant: $25,200
To provide a Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for a woman for post-doctoral research at Newberry Library.

Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum
Peoria, Illinois
Grant: $ 18,000
To provide a year-long internship for a college graduate entering the field of Museum Education

Ranken Technical College
St. Louis, Missouri
Grant: $15,000
To provide community service work scholarships for women.

Roosevelt University
Chicago, Illinois
Grant: $ 10,000
To provide funding for The Monticello College Foundation Scholars program for minority women enrolled in a Bachelor of Science program. 

UC - Cumberland College
Williamsburg, Kentucky
Grant: $10,000
To provide "Workships" for women students. "Workships" are the same as scholarships except they must be earned through service on campus. All assignments depend on ability and financial need.

Vincent Gray Academy
East St. Louis, Illinois
Grant: $ 17,500
To assist in the high school education of minority at-risk female students.

Webster University
St. Louis, MO
Grant: $25,000
To provide scholarships for gifted young women studying at the Community Music School

Wymann Center
St. Louis, MO
Grant: $10,000
To provide scholarships for Wyman leaders program for post-secondary completion.

Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri
Grant: $110,000

The Foundation is proud to continue the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship for Women at Washington University. The program is a tribute to Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin’s many years of service to Monticello. Both gave unstintingly of their time, resources and creative spirit to help Monticello achieve its goals on behalf of the higher education of women. 

By establishing the Olin Fellowship at Washington University, the Monticello College Foundation has strived to perpetuate the pioneering spirit which placed Monticello College on the frontier of women’s education when it was founded by Captain Benjamin Godfrey in 1835 at Godfrey, Illinois. Cognizant of this rich and unusual heritage, the trustees of The Monticello College Foundation have sought to continue the school’s tradition of leadership by identifying Monticello with another vanguard movement in women’s higher education--advanced study beyond the baccalaureate degree. The Olin Fellowship Program, by broadening opportunities for advanced study by women, is the modern successor to Monticello’s pioneering efforts in collegiate education in the nineteenth century.

From a group of seven, the Olin Fellowship Network has grown to encompass more than 400 women in medicine, social sciences, humanities, engineering, natural sciences, business, and law. No matter their path, the women supported by the Olin Fellowship are citizen scholars, committed to the betterment of humanity. The fellowship experience includes networking, professional development, and research exchange. Our mission to develop the best and brightest women into leaders in society remains steadfast.

With a transformative funding structure and newly designated housing, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship is building a community of fellows with the passion to pursue careers of impact in their fields.  Under the 2018-2019 funding structure, all incoming Olin Fellows – irrespective of their degree program – receive full tuition remission and a stipend of $35,000.  This model makes it possible for all Olin Fellows to complete their graduate program without incurring debt.

In a continued effort to support a robust and collaborative environment, preferred housing in The Dos is available to Olin Fellows.  The Dos is conveniently located within one mile of the Danforth Campus and provides fully furnished studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments.

Competition is open to any qualified woman graduate of a baccalaureate institution in the United States. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the appropriate Masters or Doctoral program of Washington University.  Applications should be made directly to Washington University, by contacting the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. 

This grant also includes funds for the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Conference. These conferences are sponsored jointly by the Monticello College Foundation and Washington University as a corollary of the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship Program.

On December 3 and 4, 2020 the Olin Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis will host the annual She Leads conference virtually. This event will continue the legacy of She Leads 2019 as a professional conference for women who desire the benefits of an academic conference—but with a fresh ‘un-conference’ approach.

Staying true to the Olin Fellowship mission to make it possible for women of exceptional promise to become leaders in society, She Leads 2020 will focus on blending information with unique perspectives that prompt new thinking and actions, fostering connections that expand networks, and creating moments of inspiration and aspiration.

By fostering connection and discourse centered on the topics of career, wealth, well-being, and impact, She Leads 2020 will reshape the lens in which women view themselves and the world around them.