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The mission of the Women's Council is to endow scholarships for women based on leadership and academic excellence, build a mentoring program, and provide services and resources that support the women of Washtenaw Community College.

The annual Women's Council luncheon raises money to support this mission by honoring women who have a made significant contributions to the Washtenaw County community.

To ensure the goals of their mission are met, the WCC Foundation Women's Council has held, since 1997, an annual luncheon, raising $500,000 to date to support the following areas.

WCC Foundation Women's Council Endowed Scholarship

Established with the funds from the very first 1997 Women's Council Luncheon, offers a scholarship to female WCC students with proven leadership and focused educational paths. One of the students receiving this scholarship speaks at the annual May luncheon.

Grants to the WCC Student Resource and Women's Center

The Student Resource and Women's Center (SRWC) provides comprehensive case management services including academic advising, career advising, financial and educational planning, grant funding for childcare, tuition, books and transportation, and community resource connections primarily for special populations. The SRWC serves all students at Washtenaw Community College, but is especially sensitive to the needs of special populations which are defined as single parents, displaced homemakers, economically disadvantaged students and gender equity.

Note: Quality childcare is one of the most significant barriers to the pursuit of post-secondary education for poor working families (poor single mothers). The SRWC was able to provide $25,282.00 to 57 recipients. 93% of them were able to continue on to their next semester.

Women Helping Women

The WCC Mentoring for Success Program developed through the Student Resource & Women's Center has been recognized as a best practices model for success in mentoring.

Peer to Peer Mentoring for incoming nursing students to help them navigate the barriers and successfully complete the program.

Professional Mentoring program is a collaboration of the SRWC and professionals from various occupations in the community connecting with students through a mentoring event and activities each year. This allows for sharing of first-hand knowledge, direct questions and networking options.

Women in Science and Engineering mentoring group provides "relevant real world" information, encouragement, advice and access to professional networks in the field the student is aspiring to pursue as a four year degree.

The WCC Foundation Women's Council Endowed Emergency Fund

The WCC Foundation Women's Council Endowed Emergency Fund is to be used by the Student Resource & Women's Center to assist students who are nearing completion of their programs and are faced with an emergency need which may act as a barrier to their progress and success. These needs might include help avoiding eviction or a utility shutoff, or even purchasing a pair of glasses.


Council Members

Donna Doleman
Chair of the Council

Patty Aldrich
Patricia A. Berry
Debbie Bourque
Stefani Carter
Amy Cell
Donna Duval
Tiffany Ford
Barbara Ryan Fuller
Kris Brandemuehl
Lyjune Harper
Carole Holmes
Carey Jernigan
Mary Kerr
Mary Kinley
Julaine Leduc
Norma McCuiston
Anne Preston
Nancy Quay
Nan Richter
Gloria Thomas
Laurie Wadhams
Niki Wardner

Past Honorees
Faye Askew-King
Lois Baru
Johnnie Bass
Juanita Bradley
Shirley Brown
Letitia Byrd
Jean Campbell
Joan Chesler
Ann Cleary Kettles
W. Frances Deckard
Ingrid Deinenger
Lisa Dengiz
Molly Dobson
Marguerite Eaglin
Gloria Edwards
Cheryl Elliott
Calla Fette
Terry Foster
Marcia Harrison
Lisa Hesse
Judith Hommel
Lois Jelneck
Ginny Johansen
Lola Jones
Rose Martin
Ann Mattson
Dores McCree
Bettye McDonald
Ruth Moorman
Marguerite Oliver
Ernestina Parravano
Molly Resnik
Lori Saginaw
Norma Sarns
Sue Schooner
Ann Schriber
Johnnie Mae Seeley
Ellie Serras
Mary Sexton
Ingrid Sheldon
Doris Sperling
Eileen Spring
Marianna Staples
Ann Telfer
Jan Tupper
Dr. Hazel Turner
Kathy Wright