Endowed Scholarship Established for Central Baptist College WISH Circle
The Conway Corporation Board of Directors recently approved a grant request from Central Baptist College in the amount of $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for the WISH Circle. The scholarship’s priority will be for women enrolling in CBC’s PACE (Professional Adult College Education) Program. “We are so thankful to Conway Corporation for their very generous gift to affect lasting change for women in our community through higher education,” said Sancy Faulk, Vice President for Advancement.
The WISH Circle’s focus is on under-served women who may not have ever dreamed of a college education but have the capacity and the drive to succeed. The WISH Circle exists to foster generational change in women and their families through education, to catalyze others to make change in their lives, and to give women tools which make them more confident parents, employees, and citizens.
WISH stands for Women In Support of Hope, and the WISH Circle is a women’s initiative where women support women in one of the following three ways:
1. Scholarships- The WISH Circle provides scholarships for women to attend the PACE Program at Central Baptist College. The PACE program allows women the opportunity to attend class at night or online so that they can still work full time and take care of their families. Funding for the scholarships is provided through membership dues to WISH.
2. Mentoring- Members of the WISH Circle Mentoring Advocacy Group will be paired with WISH scholarship recipients or current PACE students to support students in the areas of professional dress, job interview skills, and resume writing.
3. Prayer- Members of the WISH Circle Prayer Partner Advocacy Group will be paired with a WISH scholarship recipient or a current PACE student to pray regularly for these women while they are enrolled in college.
The WISH Circle was formally launched on November 9, 2017. To date, approximately 50 individuals have either joined the WISH Circle or joined an advocacy group. Over $30,000 has been received or pledged for scholarship awards. Information about the WISH scholarship criteria and the application can be found online at www.cbc.edu/wishscholarship.
The WISH Circle is partnering with the United Way of Central Arkansas, The Salvation Army, the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas, and Y107.1-Crain Media Group, to bring the first designated Career Closet for women in the Conway area. The WISH Circle will be hosting a Come and Go Reception and Career Closet Drive on October 25 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the Community Room on the Central Baptist College campus. To RSVP for this event, visit www.cbc.edu/wishevents.