The Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation granted $20,000 a year through 2024 to YWCA Mahoning Valley to be used for scholarships given as part of their Young Women With Bright Futures
The endowment has supported the YWCA since the inception of the fund in 2011. To date, grants totaling $128,125 have been awarded. The endowment has supported the Bright Futures scholarships since 2013.
“Irwin would be very pleased to support such a wonderful program as Bright Futures that supports strong young women from our Valley who are furthering themselves and their education,” said Andi Baroff, Thomases Family Endowment committee member.
Young Women With Bright Futures helps build the leadership skills of high school senior women who exhibit great potential. They are recognized for their leadership skills, academic achievement, creativity, and volunteerism at a banquet.
“YWCA is excited to partner with the Thomases Family Endowment to offer scholarship opportunities to the award winners of the Young Women with Bright Futures Awards competition,”
said Leah Merritt, President & CEO. “One of the goals of YWCA is to work towards the economic empowerment of women and girls. By offering scholarship opportunities we want to encourage these future leaders to pursue higher education and help them in reaching their professional goals.”